Occasionally here at Player2.net.au we will play something that deserves your attention but probably doesn’t need a full review written for it. Be it DLC for the latest AAA title, a little indie game or even an Android/iOS title. We play these titles for a blockbusting amount of time (2 – 5 hours) and report back to you the reader on what we found. So grab your popcorn and settle in for the latest episode of Blockbuster Gaming.
Blockbuster Gaming – Raining Blobs
PC & Mac
Raining Blobs comes from indie developer Endi Milojkoski, who I’m betting is a big fan of Puyo Pop given how much of a love letter Raining Blobs is to that series. Similar to its spiritual forebear, Raining Blobs is a competitive puzzler which pits up to 8 players against one another. As you can probably guess from the title, gameplay consists of rotating and matching coloured blobs which fall from the top of the screen – a simple enough concept that has been seen many times over, but Raining Blobs has few tricks which differentiate it.
As with Puyo Pop, matching same coloured blobs not only removes them from the player screen but, provided 4 or more are joined together, will send ‘garbage’ blobs over to the opponent’s screen. Garbage blobs appear beige in colour and don’t match with others, causing them to pile on top of any unmatched blobs below. To win a match, the opponents play area must be filled completely to prevent more blobs from falling – a task which requires more strategy than simply matching the minimum number of blobs.
Raining Blobs is visually reminiscent of the 16-bit era, with bright colours, pixel art Anime girls and a chirpy, chiptune soundtrack that matches tracks with the selected difficulty level. Milojkoski has included a range of variables that can adjust gameplay to suit individual tastes such as altering the maximum amount of garbage a player can unleash, removing gems which substitute for all blob colours or even making blobs invisible.
I can’t help but think that Raining Blobs would be a great title to bring out at a convention like PAXAUS or even over a few drinks with friends – as yet, there is no competitive online mode.
Published by Black Shell Media, Raining Blobs is available on PC and Mac through Steam for US$9.99.
It was whilst toiling away in the bowels of the now mythical Australian Gamer forums that Stephen’s attempts at writing were recognised by then up-and-coming Matt ‘Hewso’ Hewson as “not terrible”. Since then he has contributed to such sites as The Age’s now defunct Screen Play, the now-long retired Black Panel and currently serves under Editor-in-Chief Hewso for Player2.net.au, at least until the pattern of decline obvious in his previous engagements is picked up on by Hewso and he is exiled from games journalism forever.
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