Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!!

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9.5 Overall Score

Fun and addictive gameplay | Budget pricing | Great use of Vita features

A little on the short side for some tastes

Written by on March 3, 2012 in [, , , , , , , , , , , ]

The PlayStation Vita has been out for a couple of weeks now, with everybody talking up the new handheld and its launch line-up of “must have” releases. While Vita owners might be rushing to stores to pick up their shiny new copies of titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss or Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, there’s a certain gelatinous glob of joy that’s oozing just under everyone’s radar, waiting anxiously to devour the attention of Vita owners. Welcome to Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!!

I’m pretty sure that the title alone will give you the gist of Mutant Blobs Attack!!!’s plot, but just in case, here’s the quick rundown. Once upon a time, there was an alien blob that was captured by scientists and held in a research lab. After getting poked, prodded, electrocuted, and otherwise experimented on, a fluke accident frees our not-so-friendly blob (and a few of his friends), who sets forth with revenge on his mind … and a craving for a tasty midnight snack.

Mutant Blobs Attack!!! looks like the love child between a ‘50s sci-fi flick and a Saturday Morning cartoon. It’s 2D animated love at its video gaming best. Players take control of the titular mutant blob as he rolls, jumps, and occasionally even flies through a series of different environments gobbling up anything in his path. As the blob starts off, all he can eat are small candies, plastic cups, and the like. The more he eats, though, the larger he grows. As he grows larger, he can digest larger items. Eventually, you find yourself in control of a massive jelly ball, devouring cars and plowing through buildings, wreaking slimy havoc wherever you go.

Mutant Blobs Attack!!! eschews the normal trappings of most launch games and doesn’t try to cram in trivial use of all the Vita’s features. There’s some use of the Sixaxis controls and the touchscreen, but none of it feels forced. In fact, Mutant Blobs Attack!!! is a perfect example of how a game can make the most natural use of the Vita. Also, the game’s got just the right level of difficulty, easing players into more difficult situations, and provides plenty of checkpoints along the way. And though this does make it relatively easy to make your way through the game’s stages, there’s a lot of replay value in trying to outdo your previous scores, find all your hidden blob buddies, and earn higher grade medals.

Admittedly, the whole experience is a little bit on the short side, though at a retail price of $7.99, you’re still getting plenty of bang for your buck. It’s a simple game that never forgets the most important part in gaming is having fun. If you own a Vita and you’re shopping around for games, you owe it to yourself to download Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!! from the PlayStation Store and chow down on the fun.

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One Comment on "Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!!"

  1. Erik Johnsen March 3, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Kind of sounds like The Maw; if I had a Vita this would probably be one of the games I’d look into getting.

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