A game that’s colorful, family-friendly and charming, De Blob 2 takes the gameplay from the first game and builds upon it with a winning formula.
As the main character, Blob, it’s your job to return color to a landscape that’s been turned shades of gray. To do this, you have Blob soak up different colors from pools of paint and then splash, stamp and roll your way across the game’s landscape. A second player can also play at the same time, cooperatively, to allow for greater fun and exploration of the game’s world.
The game’s mechanics allow for free-roaming (within a certain time limit), explorational gameplay, with the occasional nudges back into line if you get too far from where you’re supposed to be. When you enter certain areas, like buildings or caves, the game goes from 3D free-roam mode to 2D side-scrolling platformer mode. The change is well-done and adds a nice bit of variety to the game.
Visually, De Blob 2 is a pleasure to behold. The landscape brightens with color as you roll past and subtly changes palettes depending on which color of paint you are using. While the Wii version isn’t in HD, the game still does admirably on the hardware, and is eminently playable.
If you’re playing this one as an adult on your own, the amount of hand-holding the game provides may begin to chafe at times. If you have a younger one (under 10) in the house, give De Blob 2 a try. No knowledge of the first game is required and, with some patience and laughter, you may find yourself having fun playing videogames with your kids!