The Indie Café – Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Dig it, you crazy cats and kittens. You have entered the Indie Café, where the underground is given the floor. You know, sometimes we want to chill out with some games that give you something the Grand Theft Autos and Saints Rows of the world can’t deliver. So we got your art house games, your retro titles, and anything else made without the man’s oversight available for you to groove and sink in to. So pull up a chair and lend your ear for these cool characters from the down low.
Some games don’t have to be complex in order to be good. They don’t have to have elaborate concepts or engaging stories or sprawling worlds in order to enjoy. Sometimes it’s just as simple as you’re an alien blob thing that escaped from a laboratory. Now as that alien blob thing, you go around absorbing everything around you, growing as you do so. You’ll traverse various environments both small and large and will even end up in space at one point! Cool and simple, charming and fun, I’m talking about Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.
The way the game works is you absorb any objects in the world that you are bigger than just by running into them. You usually will have to gather enough objects to grow you to a certain size to surpass some blockades. In this way, the game is reminiscent of the Katamari Damacy series. However, some objects will hurt your blob and you must make your way around these rather than absorb them. The game is in 2D and some platforming and puzzle elements are also incorporated in the game, as well as some overhead sequences.
You’re little blob thing can jump and body slam but will also gain new abilities as the game progresses, such as utilizing magnetic fields to push away from or stick to walls and manipulate ledges. The game gets harder as you try to collect all the little energy dots and rescue other alien blob things in the level as oppose to merely completing the level. There are six world with numerous levels to keep you busy and they all have this smile-inducing web cartoon look to them with quick movements and exaggerated character models.
Developer Drinkbox Studios is a 10 person studio from Toronto, Canada with two games under its belt and a third one on the way. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is actually a sequel to their first game, Tales from Space: About a Blob, which has similar gameplay and is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Mutant Blobs Attack however can be played on the PlayStation Vita and PC. It’s pretty cheap at only $8 so check it out!
Can you snap your fingers to celebrate the wonders of the little known game deserving of undercover fame? Step into the Indie Café every week to hear about the best of independently made video games. If you know about a groovy but little known title made by an independent studio, send me a tweet @Colorwind with the hash tag #IndieCafe and I’ll spread the wealth. Until next time, creep out like the shadow, cats and kittens.