Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs attack originally came out as a PSVita launch title back in 2012, created by the same developer that would eventually give us the hit Luchador game Guacamelee! The added touch screen mechanics have stayed the same, meaning this Switch version feels perfect for this game.
There isn’t a huge story to follow, but the exposition in the opening cutscene is enough to understand the Blobs motivation for its actions. It’s a story all about revenge, the blob you take control over (Whom I named Jeff) has seen his kind being abused, experimented on and presumably killed. The blob manages to escape the horrific science lab and decides to take revenge, by gobbling up all in its path. You’ll go from absorbing cups and other small items to gain mass to eventually absorbing tasty humans all within the first College area. Seeing your blob increase in size is extremely satisfying.
At around 29 levels spanning from going to the moon to destroying an army base all of which ooze with 1950’s aesthetic, it won’t take you too long to guide your Blob around each area. At around 5 minutes for the main level, I felt this was a great length for this type of game. Yet with the chance to earn gold medals and find your friends who are scattered in each level, you’ll want to revisit levels to achieve that 100% completion. So your total playtime will no doubt increase. Earn a high score, absorb all in your path and seek revenge. It’s all in a days work for your blob. Bonus gyroscopic enabled levels will have you tilting your Switch in top down maze themed levels, avoiding holes to reach the exit which adds a little bit of challenge to the proceedings.
As well as the Gyro themed levels, most missions will include the use of touch controls. These are simple enough to get to grips with, which will have you moving platforms to aide your blob on its journey.
At first, getting from the start to the end of the level will be a fairly simple task, yet later levels start to include environmental hazards that will hinder your blobs progress. Air vents will try blowing the blob into spikes. Lasers that will make it sizzle and missiles that will it’s health away. You’ll be able to manoeuvre around them pretty well if you are careful.
Your blob has a small offering of powers which manifest as the game progresses, all of a sudden your blob will be able to ‘fly’ around to reach those hard to get to areas. Make your blob stick to metallic objects to navigate almost certain death, and control those platform using nothing but the blobs mind. All of these additions make for some really fun levels, that ramp up the difficulty in a pleasant way.
TFS: Mutant Blobs Attack is a great addition to the Switch, with the use of touch controls and the Gyro levels it’s perfect for handheld playing.
Unfortunately, if you’ve played this title previously you will find nothing new has been added to it. Other than that I really can’t fault this fun little platformer, my time with my blob Jeff was very enjoyable for the few hours I spent exacting revenge on humanity.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*