A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
On the whole, the message is a positive one. Blob is a hero, determined to bring color (and freedom) back to a world ruled by a tyrant. Certain story moments, though, pose moral questions to players, asking them to choose between pursuing a fleeing villain or rescuing innocents.
Positive Role Models
Blob and Pinky are self-sacrificing heroes who value the freedom of their people. Players could choose to make Blob a bit more callous in his pursuit of the bad guys if they opt to follow the villains rather than save the innocents at certain points.
Ease of Play
Controls work very smoothly. If the camera work seems problematic at first, know that you can adjust the X and Y axes and the speed with which the camera moves; it's very likely you can find a setting that will be comfortable for your personal style of play. The game offers two levels of difficulty: Easy and Normal.
Violence & Scariness
Blob fights enemy robots at times with a jump-and-smash ability (or sidekick Pinky can zap them with paint). Defeated enemies disappear in a burst of ink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that De Blob 2 is an action/adventure game with some puzzle elements, which revolves around a freedom-fighting blob's attempts to rid his land of a ruthless dictator who has stolen all color from the world. The violence is cartoony at worst, as most of the villains are robots and they lose ink, as opposed to blood. There are some darker moments, though, in which kids will have to make moral choices, choosing between the pursuit of a villain or the rescue of innocents. Kids can play with two players, although one is mainly in control.
Is It Any Good?
De Blob 2 is a rare better-than-the-original sequel. The controls and overall gameplay style feel much improved, and there's a wonderful open-world aspect to the adventure. Once you've completed the required missions on a level, you can continue to explore, take on side missions, and paint and re-paint to your heart's content. You can choose to stick around until you've completely restored and repainted the entire land. While the co-op play is officially designated as "1.5 player" (as opposed to "2 player"), the game has been designed so that having a second person handle Pinky is a genuine benefit. Pinky's not just sitting around waiting to zap a bad guy or two; she can grab hard-to-reach power-ups, rescue civilians, change Blob's color when he needs it, and even rescue him if he's been inked over -- there's a lot there. In fact, that's the feeling we have about the entire game: There's a lot there. It's a good feeling.
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