De Blob 2
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release Date: 08.28.2018
Colour me impressed
De Blob 2 for Nintendo Switch arrives on the console over 7 years after it originally launched on Xbox 360 and PS3. Given the nature of the industry and the way in which technology progresses, how well does it hold up today?
De Blob is a 3D platformer in every sense of the word. You take control of the aptly named Blob and traverse a 3D environment, returning colour to a world that has been sapped of all its primaries. Lets just make one thing absolutely clear, the target audience of this quaint little quest is young children. There really is no escaping this fact. Aside from the vibrant, vivacious aspect, De Blob 2 is ridiculously linear. There really is no getting past this fact. Everything from quest markers to paint locations is displayed on a radar so, despite the open nature of game environments, never for even a fleeting second do you ever wonder in which direction to head next. On top of that, the difficulty never really elevates anywhere past easy, even in the later stages.
As well as the 3D aspects of this little number, there are the occasional 2D platforming sections that are quite excellent. They really are a highlight and, whilst not a critique of the main game, which is absolutely solid in its own right, had they purely focused on creating a 2D title, than who knows, perhaps I would be awarding De Blob 2 a famous Fifield five!
Boss battles are a real strong point throughout, and are probably the only part of the game that didn’t feel like it was made for a child audience. By using paint, combinations if colours and techniques learnt, you must find ways to conquer these foes. Every one felt both satisfying and accomplished in equal measure.
Despite its linear nature, De Blob 2 is the perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch. Everything pops off of the screen and it really does look quite lovely. Gameplay can equally be enjoyed in quick bursts or long session. In part, due to the hand holding nature, you never find yourself stuck or unable to progress. Depending on how you like your gaming time, this could go either away. If you are someone who appreciates a chilled out fun experience, De Blob 2 just might be right up your street.
Whilst it may not be the most relevant of concepts, it is lots of fun to play. And isn’t that why we play games, to have fun?
Cute, charming and colourful. Incredibly linear, very easy adventure. Brilliant boss fights. 2D platform sections were really well made. All in all, an incredibly fun, family friendly game.