Although the majority of PS Vita ownerswill no doubt be making their way via the several big-name titles forthe console - such as Uncharted and WipEout 2048 – I have beenthoroughly enjoying the cheap and cheerful digital releases.Talesfrom Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is one such release. Think theball-rolling, object-eating mechanics of the Katamari series onside-scrolling puzzles thrown in and you have acquired a fair thoughtof how Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack works.
Forgetyour titles - this is one of the best Vita launch games available, onplenty of personality and creativity packed into a tight littlepackage. You play as a nasty, microscopic alien blob that is livingin a test-tube in a lab - but not for much longer. Later breaking outof your confines, it is time to begin swallowing up anything that issmaller than you. As you suck objects into your blob, you will growbigger and bigger and thus capable of ingesting larger and largeritems.
During the game yourblob appreciations growing, to the point where there simply is notanything left to eat any more. The story is easily told via thisjourney and the various things you are asked to eat, in an exactexample of story told via actions. Tales from Space: Mutant BlobsAttack plays wonderfully, on physics-based game play that watches youroaming platforms in search of your next feed. Your blob can jumparound, fire itself out of cannons, and fit via pipes and the as toreach a complete host of different areas.
Exploring isvery rewarding, like the entire game seems gorgeously cartoony andexpansive, affording a great feeling of scale as you grow bigger andbigger. It as well assists that there are plenty of jokey backdropsand elements to keep you smiling - only wait yet you detect the bitthat is inspired by a sure famous bird-themed smartphone game. Still,although the overlying core of Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attackis your journey to eat all in sight, the real meat of the game is thepuzzles.
There are physics-based conundrums to solvethroughout, which commonly involved ignoring lasers, scalingbuildings, and swinging objects about to release your blob across thelevel. Pressing the L and R buttons allows you apply your magneticpowers. Keep L and you can pull yourself towards certain objects,while R pushes you away.
Withoutblowing the puzzles, the level of creativity on show here applyingthese simple mechanics is incredible, from causing your blob to hoveron the spot to creating staircases for climbing over pits filled withspikes. There are also plenty of bits that break from the norm andkeep the game flowing, such as maze rolling games that ask you tiltyour Vita to move the blob around a maze, and flying sections duringwhich you need to boost your blob around in the air.
Some people will take issue with thefact that Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack looks and feels alittle too much like a browser-based Flash game or a smartphone game.It surely straddles the line at times, but overall we were far tooblown away by the puzzles and content for this to be a seriousissue.
It is as well notable that the game does not make muchuse of the Vita's functionality, outside the maze levels and theoccasional touchscreen dragging bits. Still, on secret blobs todetect with each level, gold medals to collect, and full onlineleader boards for each level, this is a Vita game we are going tohave installed on our systems for a good although. If you are lookingfor a small something special to download from the PSN Store, Talesfrom Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is by far your best bet.