A Boy and His Blob

Common Sense Media says

The sweetest, gentlest action heroes around.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The boy and his blob have one of the sweetest relationships in video game history. There is literally a "hug" button, which allows the boy to embrace his blob whenever it feels frightened or agitated (or just to show some affection). The boy can also "scold" his blob, but that only amounts to his saying, "Calm down" in a pretty gentle voice. Teamwork is key to solving all puzzles. There might be a slight negative for some parents in that the boy feeds his blob jellybeans throughout the game, but those different-colored candies are used tell the blob which shape to transform into.

Positive role models

Friendship, loyalty, and cooperation are exhibited in spades by the two title characters.

Ease of play

The controls couldn't be simpler. And while the puzzles themselves get much more challenging as the game goes on, the difficulty rises on a gradual scale. It's also possible to get through the game without figuring out how to retrieve each hidden treasure chest.

Violence & scariness

Enemy aliens are blobs, just like the hero. Destroying them generally means dropping something heavy on them from above, resulting in a splat of black oil. Your good blob can strategically get eaten and then burst a bad blob from inside. When the boy gets touched by any of the bad blobs, he falls over and faints with an audible cry (but there's no dying). Also, a few of those evil blobs — mostly the bosses — can take somewhat frightening forms, like that of a giant cobra.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that aside from the inclusion of a few scary looking evil blob monsters, A Boy and His Blob provides a sweetly entertaining adventure that works the brain and even touches the heart. The title characters are so endearing (and adorably rendered in 2-D artwork), it's hard not to like this game. The amount of fighting in the game is minimal, and mostly occurs during the four boss battles. But even those boss battles are really brain twisters; with the exception of one sequence in which a machine he enters allows him to "punch" the bad blobs, the boy never lays a hand on an enemy, he simply figures out which shapes his blob must take in order to defeat the bad guys.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In A BOY AND HIS BLOB, a young boy finds and immediately befriends a little alien blob that crash lands outside his tree house. He then helps his malleable new friend, who is being pursued by a bunch of evil blobs, to find his way back to his home planet of Blobolonia and free it from the tyranny of a wicked emperor. The boy is limited to merely running and jumping, so he must instruct the blob to change shapes (into things like a balloon, a ladder, a hole, a trampoline, etc.) in order to make their way through maze-like, puzzling levels on the way home.

Is it any good?

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A Boy and His Blob is a fabulously entertaining Wii game. From the moment kids meet its eminently likable heroes, they'll be eager to help these two along, and in doing so, they'll be forced to think strategically. The puzzles can be deceptively challenging, and may require a lot of trial and error in order to find solutions. Each short level only requires that players make it to the end of the path in order to move on in the game, but also contains three hidden (or hard to reach) treasure chests that add extra challenge. This format makes the game accessible to a variety of age groups. A Boy and HIs Blob is a solo game, but two kids or a kid and a parent can easily team up and put their brains together to win.

Families can talk about...

  • Families an talk about the jelly beans that the boy feeds to his blob. Is candy a good reward system?

  • Parents can also discuss the importance of friendship, and befriending those different from us.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:October 13, 2009
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypie or pie March 29, 2012
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oh my god this game is so amazing

The game's puzzles are challengeing (even for me) the diffrent power -ups are amazing. this game is so inocent. THE POWER-UPS ARE JELLY BEANS!!!! :) i love this game and so does my 4 year old brother. dskane. your review sounds like an OVER protective parent TO THE MAX
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byChronoTrigger July 3, 2011
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8
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Trouble on Blobulania (NES) review

*THIS REVIEW APPLIES ONLY TO THE NES VERSION* I have this game on NES, and on the Wii. I prefer the NES version. It's not scary, but it can be a little unpredictable if your kid doesn't have very good puzzle solving skills. Still a pretty fun game, even if you can't beat it. You can see a banner/advertisement for the company "Shockwave" inside the game in various places, but, who cares? They're just a internet media scripting company. Can't buy anything from them.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe online sign... August 8, 2010
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A great pleaser for all ages.

A fantastic game that is innocent and really fun, and the boy is helping the blob, not exploiting him, and its obviously not scary.
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