A Boy and His Blob happens to be one of my favorite games in my childhood days when I played it with my sisters and my older brother as well. Trouble on Blobolonia was released 20 years later on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, and old school gamers once again live those great times when they played this great, yet difficult video game. This game is entertaining, yet very hard at times, especially when going through the ending of the game. The game earned a Parents Choice Award, for being such an instructive game for children, and guess what? This game was not only played by children, but teenagers and adults as well.
Plot. A young boy encounters a fluffy blob creature from another planet named Blobolonia. The blob requests the help of the boy to save his planet from the evil emperor. The boy and his newfound friend go on adventures through caves beneath New York City, taking many shapes as the boy feeds the blob some jelly beans.
The player can lose a life when he/she is hit by an enemy, a falling rock, exploding cherries that land on the ground, falling from higher areas, falling into the water without the bubble's protection, and even popping the bubble under the water.
Concept. Players must control the boy, and guide Blobert at first from the caves below the city, obtaining many treasures in order to obtain a higher score and get more jelly beans in order to be more ready for the final showdown with the Emperor. After the Earth missions, players must travel to the planet of Blobolonia where the evil emperor awaits. To defeat him, players must use the apple jellybean in order for the set of harmful vitamins to fall on him.
Design. David Crane was the designer of the game, remembered for his work with Atari games, and his creation of the Pitfall! series. The background design of the city made it look like New York City, which was awesome. Blobolonia was incredibly well designed as well, and my favorite part is passing through the gigantic cornfield, entering the palace, which was awesome.
Memories. My parents bought me this game when I was 4 years old. Me and my siblings used to play this game a lot when we were kids. My brother would be this close to beat the game, but he sorely tested my patience when he died out of fun just to piss me off and make me cry. When I moved to the Dominican Republic, I was close to beating the game, but with no success as well. When I played it in the emulator in 2002, when I was 16, I finally managed to beat the game, and one of the game's moments stuck with me as a new memory, for the rest of my life.
Rantings. My struggle for years was trying to survive underwater without dying, especially when obtaining the treasure, which is in the middle of spikes. That was a very, very nerve-wrecking moment when I was a child, and I used to cry whenever I got Game Over. Now another thing I did not like about this game was the ending, which was not what I expected to be.
Good Aspects. This game is very fun to play, and especially if you want to play it with your kids, that is if you first generation gamers are already moms and dads. This game has high replay value, and it is very instructive for little kids. You can download this game for 500 Wii Points on the Wii Shop Channel.
Overall. This game is really fun, enjoyable, and one of the oldest games ever made. We first generation gamers have lived a great time in the 80's and 90's. Now all we see is a bunch of kids with "Graphics this! Graphics that!". In my opinion, real gamers don't care only about graphics, we care about gameplay, storyline, and the game's good and bad aspects. This game gets an 8 out of 10.