A Boy and His Blob is a reimagining of the NES sport of the identical identify. I’m a fan of David Crane (thanks Pitfall) and have plenty of recollections with the NES unique. That mentioned, this model from WayForward by no means moved past my wishlist, for no matter purpose. Does a 2009 launch, now in HD, maintain up nicely in 2021? It certain does!
This puzzle-platformer efficiently marries unique gameplay with unbelievable aesthetics. I don’t assume it’s hyperbole to say that 1989’s A Boy and His Blob was one of the crucial distinctive video games from high to backside. Whereas this reimagined port is not fairly as recent, it’s nonetheless as fulfilling as ever.
As a substitute of assorted objects for puzzle-solving, the blob acts as your stock. You will have a stockpile of jellybeans, every with a distinct impact. As an illustration, black jellybeans permit climbing whereas orange ones allow you to leap larger. It didn’t take lengthy to awaken childhood recollections of licorice ladder and tangerine trampoline. They don’t appear to be named right here, however they operate equally.
This mechanic helps construct the connection between the boy and blob as a result of, in need of a gap cutscene, you don’t see a lot. The boy is fragile (the appears of Christopher Robin however the frailness of Kipland Dynamite) and thus depending on the blob’s skills. However listening to him name the blob, who eagerly hops (or floats) to him, is sufficient to cement the bond, as is the means to hug any time. In fact, it helps that the sport is an absolute delight to have a look at, with full of life animation.
Nevertheless it’s greater than marvelously animated. It’s all the audio/visible bundle. WayForward has lined this world in vivid coloration and spectacular lighting. The gorgeous music can be a becoming complement. Whereas I hadn’t heard the soundtrack in years (many years even), I nonetheless acknowledged some NES updates, corresponding to in “The Metropolis March.” A few different standout tunes embody the sound-effect wealthy “The Moon Forest” and the RPG-sounding “Shaded Plains,” and these are simply early examples.
This sport begins straightforward, and one might argue it continues that method an excessive amount of, as indicators typically point out the jellybeans to make use of. I’d’ve favored the choice to disable that function. A better facet I do like (distinct from the NES sport) is having no quantity restrict for jellybeans. As a substitute, you’ve got a range that varies by degree however is limitless. Whereas the unique erred with an excessive amount of trial and error reflecting the period, this one, although linear, is extra breezy. If you happen to’re in search of an outright problem, you’ll discover it looking for the three hidden treasure chests.
Ease apart, detriments are few, with a lone freeze bug being essentially the most noteworthy. Whereas nitpicky, most management capabilities double-mapped to the Pleasure-Con might result in some early confusion as you get accustomed to the format. As an NES fan, I’d have favored to see extra bonus content material associated to the unique launch. And $14.99 on Swap is greater than you’d pay elsewhere (although nonetheless cheaper than when launching on Wii), which can appear even larger when you’ve already performed the primary sport a ton.
There’s little to point that this can be a port of an older launch quite than a model new sport. It’s easy 99% of the time. Degree design is purposeful, instructing you progressively with sufficient selection in format and shadowy enemies. It nails its pacing within the context of its slower-paced, whimsical strategy. I can’t assist however smile whereas taking part in it.
Passable puzzle-platformers are many on the Nintendo Swap. However the transformative and distinctive A Boy and his Blob, whereas straightforward, rises nicely above many of the competitors. Time has been type to this sport, each in presentation (graphically and musically) and normal design. If you happen to haven’t had your fill of it but, add this one to your Swap assortment.