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Genre: Family & Entertainment / Release Date: 2008-09-26 / Published by THQ

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      18.10.2010 12:19
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      great game

      De Blob
      I wanted this game when I first seen it advertise and I got a nice surprise when my friend bought me it.

      ~ About the Game ~
      This wii game is great for all ages , The aim of the game is to paint the town due to the inkies turning everything into black and white , you have to put colour back into the world , you collect paint pots and start painting the buildings. There are also challenges you have to complete so you can move on to the next level but you have a time limit so watch out!
      There are 3 colours of paint pots , Yellow , Blue and Red - you have to use these to mix colours.
      The wii control is used in different ways to make the blob move and jump around'

      ~ Graphics ~
      I think that the graphics are not bad for a wii game it at all.

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      you can't always find the gate at the end of the level in time and you have to complete a full level to save anything.

      ~ thoughts~
      I like this game , it's fun . one of the better wii games out there.
      Summary: a great fun silly game on the wii

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      11.07.2010 20:28
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      strongly recommended for anyone who wants light-hearted entertainment, as well as true originality.

      de Blob is a disceptivly simple game. At first glance, it appears to be a game designed for children, with its cartoon graphics and humour and simplistic gameplay based, of all things, matching colours. But beneath that is a deep subtext examining the effects oppression, governmental controls, imperialism and censorship upon a society consisting of Liberal values... not that the games target audience of the "3+" will quite appreciate this.

      The story revolves around the city of Raydia, a land filled with colours and where citizens spend their time in museums, playing music and sports, writing and painting art. However, an invading alien army, the Inkies led by Comrade Black (notice the allusion?). They drain Raydia of all its colours, institute a police state and oppress the citizens by, literally, clamping them in metal suits.

      The city's only hope is "the colour underground" a group of radical artists and revolutionaries, who are, at the start of the game, quite useless, until the game's protagonist, Blob emerges from the jungle to save them all.

      You basically play a bizarre cross between the Hulk, Tarzan, Picasso and Che Guervara, fighting the Inkies by swining around the city, bouncing off walls and covering the city in paint. Note, our protagonist mass murders the Inky race, literally squashing them and causing them to burst. Imagine if the inkies left blood and bone, instead of puddle of ink, i don't think this game qould have kept its rating.

      The highlights of the game are its allusions to the Fascist and Communist regimes, and its rewarding game system. Each level starts with a grey world, with a grey sky and no music. As you repaint the world, different instruments play and the sky clear, so that by the end of the level, life reutrns to the city along with an inspiring score. The game contains absolutely brilliant jazz and funk music, perfectly portraying the left-wing, freedom loving, pacifisctic socity that you try to save.

      It is also a game for completionists with around ten awards offered each level for completing certain tasks, such as speed runs, painting every tree and freeing every citizen. It is challenging, in fact, almost impossible to get all awards in one playthrough of level, so the game offers replayability.

      However, it is marred by several issues. The most major is the control system. Blob jumps by swinging the Wiimote. And pretty much all the game involves constant jumping, which leaves you with an incredible sore wrist. This would be an incredibly easy game, if not for an often unresponsive control scheme, which can create immense frustration, when you fail a level bacause the game didn't register your jump.

      On top of this, each level is massive with a sprawling cityscape, but don't expect a sandbox style game. The game is heavily railroaded, so if you want to go to an earlier section of a level, have fun walking all the way back. But the size of each level means it takes roughly 40 minutes to an hour to complete a level, depending on how much perfection you're going for, but even speed running later levels will mean 20 minutes straight of basic, repetitve gameplay. This problem could of been resolved with the means of in-game save points, but these aren't here. Instead you have to complete a whole level in one go, which requires a big investment of time. For a casual game, that is not very casual.

      Overall, this is a game bursting with imagination, characters and originiality, that many other games fail to offer. Its premise of repainting a city in as many colours as possible, directly challenges and lampoons the current gaming landscape, where the only colour is rusty brown or hollow grey. Yet it is hampered by a frustrating control system, which cannot be customised and lengthy levels offering no breaks.

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        05.04.2010 18:49
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        Fun, addictive game-must have for any Wii owner

        I was given de Blob as a Christmas present and it has since become one of my favourite Wii games. It is based on a simple premise; an evil organisation,the INKT Corporation has taken over the city of Chroma, drained it of all its colour and imprisoned its people. However, a revolutionary group is formed to thwart the INKT Corporation, the Colour Underground, and it is as a member of this group that you play the game.

        You play as the eponymous hero (Blob), literally a blob of water, who is able to absorb colour from paint bots dotted around the various levels and transfer it to his surroundings. You control Blob using both the Wii remote and the nunchuck and for the most part, the controls are very reposnsive. Jumping can sometimes be problematic as Blob may not always move in the way you intend him to (for example sliding down buildings rather than jumping onto them), however, this is only a slight niggle and doesn't really impact on the overall gameplay.

        At the begining of each level, everything is completely black and white. You restore the colour by smashing into paint bots and then rolling into elements of the surroundings, eg buildings, trees, signs. The more you colour in, the more points you accumulate and the quicker you can open the gates which allow you to progress through the level.

        This may sound quite simplistic and maybe even boring but don't be fooled. There are various different challenges that are issued throughout the game by fellow members of the Colour Underground to increase interest. These range from colouring buildings in specific colours to racing around the level following marker flares. There are also enemies known as 'inkies' and many obstacles such as pools of ink (removes the colour from any object that you touch, drains your paint points and eventually kills you) and spikes (kills you immediatly on contact) that are designed to hinder you.

        The difficulty curve throughout the game is good. The first level acts as a tutorial allowing you to learn the controls and get used to the style of the game. Each new level becomes more challenging than the previous one. Enemies become harder to defeat, the layout becomes more complex, more obstacles are added and the in-level challenges have shorter time limits. This ensures that the game remains interesting throughout, without becoming frustratingly difficult too early on. However, for those gamers who are used to more action-based games, they may find it too repetitive in nature.

        Graphically, I feel the game is one of the best on the Wii. The cut scenes look wonderful and the in-game footage is also very good.The style is cartoony with lovely vivd colours and is well suited to the Wii.

        The soundtrack to the game is innovative and never gets boring. It matches the gameplay. At the beginning of the level no music is played but as you colour in more of the level, layers are added to the soundtrack until the entire funky tune is created. With each level another style is unlocked and refers to Blob's mood, for example 'righteous' or 'victorious'.

        The only issue I have with this game is the lack of an option to save your progress half way through a level. If, like me, you feel the need to ensure you colour in everything available within the level, it can take a long time to complete. Therefore you can't play for a short period of time because it only saves the game once you complete the level.

        The review so far has focused on the main mode of the game, story mode. In this mode everytime you complete a level, more of the plot is revealed. However, this is not the only mode within the game. There is a freeplay mode, which has the same levels as story mode, but there is no time limit and has no affect on the plot.

        There are also smaller levels which become unlocked every time you complete a main level in story mode. These are similar to the mini-challenges within each main level and help you to improve your skills to aid you while doing the more challenging, later levels.

        There is also the option to play multiplayer games. Again these are short levels that involve each player being in competition with each other to complete a certain task, for example colour in the most buildings in your colour. I haven't really played the multiplayer games so can't comment on them really, however, I feel its a nice touch within the game.

        Overall, I find this game very fun to play and surprisingly addictive. It makes a pleasant change from the more violent games on offer and I believe it is a must have for any Wii owner.

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        04.03.2010 10:25
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        A disappointing game overall but perhaps just not our cup of tea.

        My son asked for this game when he was six and my daughter was five and I thought it looked really good so got it for him. I wish I hadn't though!

        The premise of this game is that de Blob has to restore colour to his city Chroma which has been taken over by Comrade Black and the INKT Corporation and drained of all colour.

        Basically you dash around bouncing and crashing off of buildings once you get paint from 'Paintbots' dotted around the place and colour the city back in.

        You have the option of playing in story mode which includes different levels and baddies tryng to stop you in your tracks and apparently secret missions but I don't think my children managed to get far enough to play these as I don't remember any! Free Paint allows you to go through the story without enemies or challenges and Blob Party allows for a split-level screen where 2 to 4 players can paint the town together.

        The music is upbeat and the graphics are very appealing to children with bright colours bursting all over the place and cartoon like characters so I can see the attraction but I just didn't feel that there was enough to do to challenge my children at a level that was appropriate to their ages and it is marketed at 3+. It failed to keep him entertained for long so I did not see any real longevity in this game.

        You can obtain awards on each level but you have to complete certain tasks, for example you may have to paint a certain object or free a certain number of citizens so there is scope to feel some sense of achievement but these awards just seemed to be beyond the capabilities of my children. Perhaps despite initial appearances this game is more apt for adult gamers than children.

        As you go about repainting the grey world one bonus is that your screen then starts to fill with bold colours and the music starts to play which initially is pleasing but in the end isn't quite enough for my children to feel that they have really achieved something special.

        You can play in multiplayers mode but the game is quite frantic in this mode and it is difficult to see exactly what is going on and my son was even more frustrated when player with someone else!

        I have seen rave reviews of this game on Dooyoo and although I feel that it is imaginative and bold I don't feel that the concept is quite pulled off and my son found this game quite frustrating whilst my daughter didn't really see the point in and on the whole it didn't achieve any longevity.

        Maybe it's a girl thing but I really didn't get the point of this game or perhaps it was a little beyond my five and six year old to really get the most out of it but I was disappointed and the novelty soon wore off for my son and it has been relegated to the bottom of our Wii game pile and we are thinking of trading it in!

        Not one I could recommend for kids but am sure this appeals to a certain breed of gamers.

        Thanks for reading. x
        also on ciao

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        11.02.2010 11:13
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        a great game everyone should buy

        I bought this for my girlfriend last Christmas and it has become one of hers and mine favourite games on the wii. Released in 2008 the game focusing on Blob, whose well a Blob of water (at first) which moves and bounces! Around a grey city named Chroma where through the use of paint pots Blob can change the cities colour liberating it from the evil INKT Corporation and bringing colour to the Graydian population.

        That is the basic premise of the game; bounce on some walls to turn them green or blue etc the more you paint the more points you get until you reach the required amount and the gates open in that section and you can move to the next level, but the game is oh so much more than that for one the controls are fantastic and very accurate you can control Blob perfectly around Chroma (although I have to say it did take me a while to get with grips with the speed of the game at first). Secondly its not as simple as it sounds as the INKT Corporation and their controlling all powerful state don't want colour in their city and try to stop you. This is done by the inkie foot soldiers who take your colour. Also some colours aren't primary so you'll have to mix one colour with another and colour one part of a wall different then another which can be tricky depending on where the building is etc.

        There are lots of missions within each section, which adds different levels of excitement; some are timed etc. so the game is varied as well as fun.

        Thirdly the game looks great the bright colours are vibrant and the music is engaging.

        This game isn't for everyone, I showed my friend and he didn't see the point but if you like your games a bit more unique with great controls and game play this is one of the top 10 games for the wii in my opinion and should be given a go. Hopefully then there'll be a sequel and that will be a treat for all gamers.

        If you have any other questions feel free to message me
        Tony

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        08.09.2009 11:54

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        Love it - definitely worth buying.

        De Blob is a great game - totally different gameplay from your standard fare, great background music (more about this later!), and fun extras.

        The basic premise is that De Blob's world has been rendered black and white by an inky dictator, and you must bring the colour back (and free the inhabitants) by filling up with paint and bouncing around the scenery. Various bad guys and enemy weapons make your job that little bit more difficult, but some well timed bounces will soon see them off.

        The background music is quirky and catchy. It starts off very minimalist as you enter each new black and white level, and starts to build as you bring more colour back. It worms its way into your head, but isn't too intrusive. However, you would be well advised to ask anyone else to leave the room when you are playing, as if you aren't actually playing the game then some tunes are *incredibly* annoying! They aren't at all bad when you are engrossed in the gameplay, but if you are trying to concentrate on something else then they will slowly drive you mad - think Loco Roco in a jazz club, and you won't be far off.

        All in all, it is a good, fun game. It can get a bit repetitive, but there is always something new in each level to keep you interested.

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        22.08.2009 18:18
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        de Blob will definitely satisfy you!

        de Blob is a unique and extremely addictive game. The premise is that you live in a world devoid of color due to the evil INKT Corporation who took over. They have changed the world into a black and white, boring place where everything including vegetation is decrepit and lifeless.

        You play as Blob, a character who absorbs colors and restores and liberates the people of Chroma City by giving them back color while combating INKT and taking down their bases.

        One cool aspect is the color fusion system where mixing colors like red and yellow will give you orange. In each stage, there are numerous time limited events where if you complete them you get a points bonus. Earning points allows you to raise your rank and unlock other stages and features. To lose color, simply jump into a source of water. Blob also has the ability to fight enemies, mainly by stomping on them. The object of each stage is to reach a certain amount of points to unlock a gate which leads you further in where you have a major task to do before finishing.

        Oh yeah, the musical score. Based on your color and activity, the music changes. Your mood also plays into the background ambiance.

        Using the Wiimote and nunchuk, you move around and with various thrusts of the Wiimote you send Blob bouncing from building to building. Each stage also has hidden things like billboards that you can hunt to boot your points if you're a person who really likes to complete a game 100%.

        Some controller function can get annoying. When you have to jump sideways for instance, Blob tends to slip down slowly and you may not be able to securely or easily complete a task.

        This is an incredibly fun Wii game for people of all ages and is definitely a great gift idea since the price went down! Its got multiplayer so that's always a good thing!

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        28.05.2009 17:39
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        An original game which provides some good entertainment even with some slightly iffy controls

        As soon as i heard about this game i thought it looked really interesting. Googling around, i found a PC version of the game, which is free to download, so if your interested in this game, google and download the free demo. While it plays basicly the same, it is still not an accurate demo of the game, naturally being on PC, and the graphics are no way near as good.

        But onto the Wii version:

        The game involves rolling around, getting paint on yourself, and then PAINTING THE TOWN RED or whatever colour you have too. An evil corporation has removed all colour from the world, and its your job to bring it back. Smashing machines with colour ink in allows you to use that colour to paint various things including people, plants and buildings. This is rather satisfying and brought me much joy!

        you can often get tasks to complete, which can be fun, or can be frustrating. this brings me onto my first critiscism; jumping can get very annoying. To jump your "blob", you have to flick the wii controller up, and after jumping alot, your wrist can ache. The Blob would also sometimes, when trying to jump up a building, slowly slide down the building rather than jumping on it. I couldnt figure a way to stop this and it gets very annoying - especially when you have 10 seconds left to paint more buildings.

        The graphics in de blob are good for the Wii, and adding all the colour back does look really cool, and mixing colours is fun.

        I think De Blob is a fun game but i got bored of it rather soon,The story, which some could say is slightly controversial if you see if as a metaphor, may be enough to keep you going, as the repetitive gameplay wont.

        Frustration factor: 5 - the wall sliding thing is annoying, and aiming jumps is hard when you are under a time limit and have to jump on moving machines and the like.

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          11.04.2009 19:06
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          This is a cheap game now and can be had for under a tenner. It is well worth picking up

          The Nintendo Wii has certainly brought some different and unique games to the gaming world and 'de Blob' is certainly something with a new feel to it. Rated 3+, up to four players can take part with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck used for control.

          You are de Blob, you flip, jump, bounce and smash your way through these wonderful worlds. The task is very simple. All of the colour has been taken out of the world, it is your task to put it back in. You pick up various colours by bouncing on them and then hit the appropriate buildings to change them into the required colour. There are hidden gems and little blobs to set free. It is all done in such a cute and cartoony way, that you cannot help but enjoy it.

          The graphics are very well done for a Wii game. Like I just mentioned, they are in a typical cartoon style, but their simplicity is very effective. The sound is good too, with some great effects as you rock your way through some very tricky worlds. Some levels involve climbing (well bouncing) quite high up onto various platforms and buildings, just to paint one little section. Tricky yes, but satisfying when you complete each challenge.

          Longevity is limited, due to the games repetitive nature. The younger player will not tire so quickly of it though.

          This is a cheap game now and can be had for under a tenner. It is well worth picking up.

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          02.02.2009 15:24
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          Worth a look

          De Blob is a very bizarre but addictive action puzzle game. The story is set in the city of Chroma where the evil INKT corporation have stolen all the colour from the surroundings, turning everything into shades of black and grey.

          You play the eponymous De Blob who is a sort of amorphous blob which can absorb paint which you can then use to paint buildings and scenery to return it to its former glory. In the process of painting the surroundings, you rescue Raydians, the cities inhabitants, who have been enslved by the INKT corporation. As well as the addictive gameplay there is also a brilliant soundtrack which reacts to how well you are doing in the game. For example, if you haven't painted anything there will be no music, the more you paint the more layered and varied the music will be.

          I enjoyed this game more than I have most of the Wii games I've played so far, theres lots to do and even when you've completed the game theres incentive to go back and revisit levels.

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            18.10.2008 18:32
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            Great fun

            I pre ordered this from Play.com just before i went on holiday and i was away when it came so i cannot comment of delivery times but Play.com are normally good.

            I really like this game, i have only played a bit of it but i love playing it.
            The main part of the game is story mode. I won't go into the story itself but basically this creatures have taken over and are making everything turn grey and dull and you have to restore colour to the land. You use both the Wiimote and the nunchuck. You use the control stick on the nunchuck to move around and the wiimote to jump. You have to work through different levels completing tasks until you get enough points till you can open up the gate to the next part or until you can open the exit pool to get to the next world. Its a good game to play by yourself but it also has multiplayer options.
            The multiplayer games are not connected to the story game but you can hav e a good laugh with friends. I have only tried one multiplayer mode. The game i have played is where you choose a colour and you have to paint as many building you can in your colour whilst your friend does the same thing and who ever has the most points wins.
            I think the other game is where one person gets a colour and paints everything and the other person has to try to stop that person and get the colour themselves.

            There is also a freeplay mode, this is single player but you can do anything you like without messing up the story. I haven't really done this much as i enjoy story mode too much.

            I really do recommend this game to people who like to have fun games and not serious games where all you do is kill people. Its worth £30 but i think it is cheaper at many places. I got it for abut £25.

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