More than any other story in recent weeks, the news that Boy and His Blob is being reimagined has gotten me on tenterhooks. I honestly don’t know how well known this game is but to me and my brother it conjures up fond memories of our youth and the times spent with our beloved NES.
In a nutshell, you, the boy, had to escort your friend, the blob, to his home world of Blobolonia through an underground labyrinth. On the way jellybeans are used to turn blob into useful items such as ladders and trampolines to make up for the boys shocking lack of platforming skills, allowing them access to new areas of the map and reach key objects. Quite what happens when you reached Blobolonia I couldn’t really tell you, we never had the skills to get past the first couple of screens.
Looking back, I’m sure it was a very brutal game. The boy seemed to die when falling from all but the shortest of heights, one hits kills were everywhere, checkpoints weren’t invented yet and there weren’t even any passwords to start you at a later stage; every time you turned the game on you’d start from your mum’s house and know that you had an awfully long road ahead of you. And yet I still think of it with rose tinted spectacles. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the lost Citizen Kane of videogaming, but I have such happy memories of throwing jellybeans to my blob that even if I was presented with a series of reviews declaring it worse than Superman 64 I would brand them all blasphemous.
The only downside, it’s coming to the Wii. Although, to see Blobert one more time it might just return from its corner in the loft.
Does anyone else remember this game?