And now for something a little bit different. While we’ve been inundated with endless runners over the past few weeks/months/years, here we have some good old-fashioned fruit and colour-based puzzle action. Sah-weet.
Enter: Rise of the Blobs, a surprisingly unique, super-colourful and occasionally quite funny 3D puzzler.
What’s the dealio? In Rise of the Blobs, your primary aim is to stop coloured blobs approaching from the bottom of the screen. If they reach the top of the playing area, it’s Game Over.
Speaking of the playing area, it’s actually a 3D column as opposed to plain old top-to-bottomness, so you’ll have to do your fair share of spinning. Nice.
At the top of the column, little Marsh Mal the, er, marshmallow continually throws coloured fruit, which wipes out adjacent blobs with the corresponding colour. Throw a strawberry at a big bunch of reds, for example, and they’ll pop.
That concept in itself would’ve warranted a look, but Robot Invader has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into Rise of the Blobs.
For starters, there are no less than seven game modes, including Star (collect as many stars as possible with 100 fruit), Skull (pop the timed skulls before they explode) and Match (match the target colour patterns (e.g. pop red then red then blue) for big points).
Within each game mode, Rise of the Blobs offers six stages, each with its own colour combinations.
The final game mode - and the fifth and sixth stages - are exclusive to Rise of the Blobs Passholders, with a pass costing £2.49. You also get 5,000 coins with which to buy clothes (Malwear), power-ups and perks. Fair enough; the game is free, after all.
Power-ups include the likes of the Coconut Bomb, which destroys all blobs of the same colour (i.e. they don’t have to be adjacent), and Panic Button, which wipes out all blobs. Awesome.
As for the half dozen Perks, they include Rainbow Fruit, which can be absorbed by any coloured blob, and TNT, which – you guessed it – causes an explosion.
You can upgrade both Power-ups and Perks with the in-game currency, or speed things along with real money. If you like. I didn’t feel obliged or strong-armed into paying anything beyond the in-game coinage.
Phew! And that’s Rise of the Blobs. Clearly plenty going on, but is it any good?
Answer: yes. It’s refreshing to see a developer coming up with something unique for a change. Rise of the Blobs is also incredibly vibrant, the tune will get stuck in your head, and Marsh Mal will occasionally make you laugh (I chuckled at “For fruit’s sake!” when I failed one particular game. Sorry, Mal!).
- It’s free, and easy on the sales pitch nonsense
- Several game modes, levels, perks and power-ups
- Nice and colourful
- A tad samey after a while, I guess
Summary: Rise of the Blobs is a fairly unique 3D puzzle game with lots of game modes and levels and perks and power-ups to keep things interesting.
Developer: Robot Invader
Price: free @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.