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FTN reviews Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PC)

August 22nd, 2012 by Crowbar Comments

Tales From Space: Mutant Blob Attack was a Vita title recently ported to the PC. The highly acclaimed platforming sci-fi title is available now on Steam. Does the port stack up? Well the answer is yes, and the best thing I can compare it to is Ys Origin. I can compare it to Ys Origin because it works so well on the PC despite being a handheld title.

An overly disgruntled alien blob escapes onto Earth and decides to eat everything. From people to party cups to cars. If the item can be picked up, the Mutant Blob will eat it. As he gets bigger, less and less things will stop him. While the story is not the most engaging, it does very well in holding the game together. While not every game needs a big story, it helps to have something to have the player continue playing.

The core gameplay is platforming of the side-scrolling variety. Every loose item in a stage can be ingested by the Blob. As he gets bigger, he can ingest bigger items. The game is set up in levels and to complete a level you must go from point A to point B while avoiding laser beams/spikes anything that can damage you. There are various puzzles to solve and some of them can be quite challenging.

If I have any complaint about this game it in the control scheme for keyboard use. To move specific platforms you must use the mouse. To use the telekinesis you must use the left and right shift buttons respectively. To move the blob you must use the traditional “wasd” commands. Juggling all three commands at once it gets challenging to input all the commands. This is where a gamepad comes in handy. Physics based puzzles are also something that you must conquer, and they work splendidly with minimal glitches. The gameplay is changed every stage as well. In the middle of the stage there will be a minigame-esque stage. Think of the Sonic minigame where you had to run around and collect the blue spheres.

The art style is brilliant with satire looming around every corner. My favorite is in the college level where you find cans of “Hipster Juice” and it is poking fun at hipsters for drinking PBR. The environment works well with the gameplay and storytelling. The quirky music blends incredibly well with the game too.

While the game is not the longest out there, and it does not have the content of other titles, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a wonderful platformer that presents itself very well.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Crowbar is an angry young man, but he knows his games. We all have our passions and his come alive when his digital self is hammering baddies, solving puzzles or flying. He also has a penchant for dressing like giant penguins, but we promised him we wouldn't mention it.