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Review – De Blob (Switch)

Paintball saves the world.

There’s a perfect type of video game for just about every mood you’re in. You can blow off some steam by challenging others in a fighting game like Street Fighter Anniversary Collection. You can build your teamwork and tactical skills by spending time in games like Call of Duty or Halo. You can exercise your brain with puzzle games like Portal or The Spectrum Retreat. Then if you’ve had a particularly rough day, you can relax and unwind with an easy going game like Blue Tongue Entertainment’s De Blob.

The premise of De Blob is very simple; a bunch of monochromatic aliens take over the world and drain it of all its color. Enter De Blob, a bouncing rolling paintball that splashes his various colors over everything he touches. As color refills the environment, life is breathed back into the world. I feel like Dorothy stepping into Oz for the first time.

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Where will you be when the acid kicks in?

De Blob‘s controls are pretty straightforward: you can roll, jump, bounce, and slam enemies. Along the way you’ll meet several colorful friends that will provide challenges to complete for bonus points. Collect enough points and you unlock a gate leading to the next area. Challenges include things like coloring certain buildings specific colors, coloring a defined area within a time limit, and collecting items scattered throughout the map. As with most games, De Blob starts off really easy and gradually increases in difficulty as you progress levels. That being said, it never really gets overly tough at any point and feels like it’s not quite up to the task of being a properly challenging 3D platformer.

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You’re my boy Blue!

The graphics aren’t anything mind blowing, but then again they don’t need to be. You play as a cartoony paintball throwing color everywhere, so hyperrealism isn’t needed. It’s cute, cleanly applied, and most importantly, vibrant. The colors are bright, rich, and well saturated into the landscapes as you touch them. If you reapply the same color to a building, then it will take on a swirled two-tone effect (it doesn’t really do much except give a bit of depth to the coloring and occasionally grant you a few more points). The color pallet is fairly basic, offering the normal red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple, and brown as your options to paint with, however there aren’t varying shades to any of these. As I said before, De Blob is simple, bright, and cartoony.

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Remind me not to hire this guy to paint my house.

The music in De Blob is one of my personal highlights. There is a nice soundtrack selection that unlocks more and more tracks as you progress. Overall the musical style is very relaxed, upbeat, and jazz-like, which is perfect to accompany a small bouncing hero bringing color back into the world. I found that at no point did I get annoyed by any of the songs in the playlist, which is a pretty rare occurrence for me with games like these. I felt that every level had music that went well with its particular design.

I have to say that overall, I found De Blob to be an enjoyable game that is ideal to pick up and play if you want something to just chill out with. My biggest complaint is its lack of difficulty (it’s still tougher than Kirby Star Allies), but even so I found it to be really fun and soothing to play for a little while after a stressful day at work. If you’re looking for a 3D platformer to challenge you and test your mettle, maybe De Blob isn’t the right choice for you. However, if you’re looking an entertaining, laid back, family friendly experience to lose yourself in for a little bit, then De Blob is worth checking out.

Graphics: 7.0

A silly and simplistic cartoon style with a bright color pallet.

Gameplay: 7.0

Basic yet effective controls that allow you to pick it up and play without any learning curve.

Sound: 8.0

Funky jazz tunes that go perfectly with the theme and feel of the game. Every track is delightful in its own way.

Fun Factor: 7.0

Not difficult by any means, but great if you’re looking for a relaxing experience to enjoy while turning off your brain for a little bit.

Final Verdict: 7.0

De Blob is available now on Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo DS and Wii.

A copy of De Blob was provided by the publisher.

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As an avid gamer from childhood, I've come to love and appreciate games from all genres and I work hard finding time to play all of them between work and my two children. Some of my favorite games are: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Dragon Age: Origins, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bioshock, Street Fighter 2 and Super Mario Land 2.

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