de Blob Hands-On

We paint the town red--literally--with THQ's upcoming de Blob.

de Blob is an innovative-looking Wii platform/action adventure game which sees you controlling a paint-filled blob of jelly. Yes, you read that correctly. The game itself has an interesting history, having first been developed as a free PC game by a group of Dutch game development students before being quickly snapped up by THQ, which then gave it to Aussie studio Blue Tongue to transform it into a full-fledged console game.

The main character in the game is the aforementioned de Blob, a cute, squishy, jelly-like creature who can retain paint within his body and splash colour on any object he touches. The story sees de Blob going up against the nefarious INKT Corporation and its agents, who have stripped all colour from the world, apparently because they believe that colour is a crime.

All of the game's levels start off as monochrome environments which de Blob has to brighten up by bouncing off walls, buildings, and streets, leaving whatever colour is currently imbued within his body. The city level we played in our recent hands-on experience contained many short buildings and wide streets, and it looked quite impressive in the beginning as a grey landscape completely devoid of any colour. That is, until we hit the town with de Blob. de Blob starts off being colourless himself (or herself, or itself, or whatever), and you have to destroy various leech bots scattered around the city in order to fill his body with ink. These leech bots are what have been sucking the colour out of the world, and they come in three flavours: red, blue, and green. If you destroy a red bot, de Blob turns red, and if you destroy a blue one, de Blob turns blue, and so on. de Blob can also go outside these primary colours by mixing which bots to destroy. If de Blob is already red, for example, destroying a blue bot next will turn him purple. Unfortunately, the combinations seem to be limited to mixing two colours. You can't hit three blue bots and one green to get a nice shade of aqua, for example.

Plenty of de Blob's missions involve restoring colour to the environment, such as painting a building or an entire area in red. As this is a Wii game, the console's motion-sensing technology is used, although from our hands-on it seemed quite simple and intuitive. de Blob's movement is controlled using the analog stick on the Nunchuk, with a quick flick on the Wii Remote making him jump or, if he's targeting an enemy using the Z button, making him squash-attack bad guys. Colouring a building involves simply jumping against it, although you'll need to avoid being hit by enemies, because any strike will cause de Blob to lose colour. The game's developers also tell us that other missions will involve checkpoint-style races or simply having to destroy a set number of enemies within an area.

From our brief hands-on time with de Blob, the game looks to be shaping up as a fun title which will probably win many fans thanks to its sheer quirkiness. The art style is clean and extremely cute, and there are lots of nice graphical touches strewn about the game's environments (such as the paint trail de Blob leaves in his wake). The Wii version of de Blob is set to be released during THQ's 2009 fiscal year.

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grimybrit
grimybrit

I don't know about this. I'm pretty disappointed with THQ for making so many bad games in 07

acsguitar
acsguitar

2009 Fiscal year? Whats that mean

Can-o-Mark
Can-o-Mark

When I played this game about a year ago I thought it was pretty cool. But right now I cant really say Im planning on buying it. Id much rather see this game come out as a Wiiware game.

CaRD0N
CaRD0N

I'd like it too be good but I second that king_bobo.

SteveXLR
SteveXLR

Looks just okay I might get it used or way cheep. :|

XBASX
XBASX

Originally founded in the Nethelands?, great! Not that i'm saying it's automaticly gonna be a good game, but it explains the reason why the title uses the dutch "de" (the) word.

king_bobo
king_bobo

I can see this getting the 'Shallow' award when it's reviewed by gamespot. Shame really...

-jumpman-
-jumpman-

ye, and Canada, yay Canada =D

Exiled_Ronin
Exiled_Ronin

As the reviewer is from Australia he is using the Queen's or British English as used in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland where color is spelled colour, favor spelled as favour etc

mii56
mii56

"Plenty of de Blob's missions involve restoring colour" You spelled color wrong, or is it just me?

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

i hope they don't mess this up like they did for Proving Grounds on the Wii

garyisthebest
garyisthebest

LOL, I didn't think you guys would react sooooooo badly to a comment. Yes sarcasm exists in countries other than America, and I was playing along with you. LOL, what can I say about my user name, I was young(er) when I made it, and couldn't think of anything else.

donathos
donathos

After reading all of the other comments, the only thing I know for sure is that Gary is *not* the best.

dalejr88
dalejr88

this game looks interesting but i cant wait a whole year for it!

jBusiness
jBusiness

Maybe sarcasm only exists in America.

Wima5ter-134
Wima5ter-134

I played the free version and its sooo addicting

garyisthebest
garyisthebest

Well I do pride myself in getting only the best games, that I hear good things about, so I recommend Super Smash Bros Brawl (If you have the patience to wait), Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy (the big 3), and Guitar Hero 3. They are the (fairly) new releases and if you want some older releases I recommend Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, Super Paper Mario and finally Trauma Center: Second Opinion. I do truly feel special that you would take my opinion on your games to get. ( the only games I do not own, at the moment, are Trauma Center, Metroid Prime 3, Guitar hero 3 and [obviously] Super Smash Bros Brawl.) `/01_1 411 51_11=X

jBusiness
jBusiness

The Japanese liked Katamari Damacy. That's why America got it. In fact, if you wanted to, you could look up games like Doki Doki Majo Saiban, or Oendan!, and sink into a whole world of games that are off-the-wall and make no sense. But maybe we all have a hard time telling what games are good, what with you being the last word and all on what's fun. Please let me know what to buy next. I'd hate to make a mistake.

garyisthebest
garyisthebest

By "Is it something about you being American" I meant how you people (the guys who go onto this site) are mainly American, not the game company making this, I was trying to say ask if Americans have a hard time telling of a game is good or not, sine you think this game looks good, but to me (a non American) it looks stupid.

17thColossi
17thColossi

Wait it's supposed to come out during the 2009 fiscal year?!?! I thought it was 2008. I was looking forward to this.

arubasupersmash
arubasupersmash

Cool game, but I have a feeling that it is missing something!

redfrog111
redfrog111

The free version i got with a magasien and it was addictive, this should be good

ntnimara
ntnimara

I've played the free version.. it was lots of fun the "suck u in" badge I'd say I'm looking forward to this, just cause I liked the idea and the free version :)

Ungdi
Ungdi

very interesting and original title! we'll see during the review! if it is worth it!

kbaily
kbaily

This game does look interesting. It's funny we complain that there aren't any original games anymore but this comes out and everyone complains that it's stupid and simplistic. These are the people who continue to buy every been there, done that, FPS or free roaming sandbox game. Personally this game looks interesting and the fact that THQ (known for crummy liscenced kids games) makes me want to learn more about it.

wiifan001
wiifan001

This game sounds really weird. I'll track this game, anyway though.

jBusiness
jBusiness

Katamari Damacy, huh. You can tell that's American by the American name. Maybe he'll consider that the points in Final Fantasy are also simple. They just have more talking. Zelda, and Mario, too. Think ahead more in the future.

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

I love your idea garyisthebest that somehow, simple things make them stupid and not have a point. I mean, by your logic, Katmari Damacy must have been the dumbest idea in the world. Rolling a ball around, how could that be fun right? Wait, that wasn't a stupid AMERICAN idea either, it was Japanese.

garyisthebest
garyisthebest

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Red_Trigger
Red_Trigger

Hmm... sounds like a hit, can't wait for some vids of it.

fienno123
fienno123

i thought this was ds though... oh well... but it probaly would have suited ds though. anyway i dout it will get a uk realease anyway

greater_bird
greater_bird

I much rather the new look of the Blob character to his original look. I didn't much like the sneakers and hanging-out tongue. I also like that there are now no ethical dilemnas involved - instead of being an alien invader who's eating the ink citizens to colour things, you're now apparently freeing the citizens and eating their oppressors to colour things. Okay. Though I'm surprised they gave up the cute animations of little ink citizens running from you screaming (no, it doesn't *sound* cute - you've got to see it). I was thinking I wouldn't bother buying this since I'd already played the PC freeware a lot, but extra levels, new challenges, and subtly different gameplay means it's back on my 'seriously consider' list. The gameplay was already very solid, so I don't think they can muck it up.

pikaby
pikaby

kavadias:'2009 fiscal year? Explain. Does that mean we dont get this until 2009?! Or is it business year ending 2009?' The latter

Foolz3h
Foolz3h

2009? I thought it was meant to be out by Christmass.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

2009 fiscal year? Explain. Does that mean we dont get this until 2009?! Or is it business year ending 2009?

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Too bad it has been delayed, it should mean the game will have alot of time to be perfected.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Seems to have a subtle charm. I want to see this turn out to be a good game.

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

THE NEXT KATAMARI DAMACI!!