A Boy and His Blob

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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The sweetest, gentlest action heroes around.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 differently colored candies are used tell the blob which shape to transform into.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Ease of Play

The controls couldn't be simpler. And though 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, such as that of a giant cobra.

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What 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 is minimal and mostly occurs during the four boss battles. But even those 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 to defeat the bad guys.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written bydskane December 25, 2009

Boy falls dead when touched and cut scene creatures are scary

I enjoyed this game but I would strongly caution against it for young children. Within 2 minutes of playing the game myself an evil blob touched the boy (the ch... Continue reading
Parent of a 4, 8, and 10 year old Written byA responsible adult October 22, 2009

My review has a title

The boy clearly exploits his blob without any concerns for it's safety. Along with feeding it a constant supply of jelly beans, instead of more health cons... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bypie or pie March 29, 2012

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... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byChronoTrigger July 3, 2011

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 unp... Continue reading

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 such as a balloon, a ladder, a hole, and a trampoline) so they can make their way through maze-like, puzzling levels on the way home.

Is it any good?

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 to find solutions. Each short level only requires that players make it to the end of the path to move on in the game, but each 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can 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

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