What parents need to know
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.
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?
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.