Tales From Space: About A Blob E3 Impressions

Tales From Space: About a Blob is a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer for the PSN developed by Drinkbox Studios. This is the first time Drinkbox Studios has attempted to make a console game and I’m sure glad they did. The title will feature monster movie style presentation and bright, colorful visuals. I wasn’t able to find out anything more about this game, except for the fact that it is tons of fun.

Tales from Space is all about your blob. You control a colorful little blob as he rolls around a lab. As you come in contact with objects you will absorb them and eventually grow bigger. Think Katamari Damacy. In addition to making your blob grow, anything you absorb can also be shot back out of your body. You’ll need to do this to solve different puzzles. For example, you may need to flip switches that are out of your reach in order to open doors. From what I saw, there are bonus objects and collectibles that you can get from secret areas. There was an object up on a ledge that was out of my grasp, but I was able to shoot at the board next to it, and knock it off the ledge.

There were also enemies in the level I played in the form of little toasters on wheels. You simply jump up and slam down on them to destroy them. The demo I played was very short, so there weren’t any other enemies that I saw.

Another nifty feature is that your blob can change shape. So you can squeeze down narrow pipes or squash yourself into a container. It was really cool to be rolling around and then jump in a sink, and see your blob shoot down this narrow little pipe to a new area. Another example is when your blob going through a set of gears, he will be squashed between the gears.

In addition to all this, the game features local co-op. Yes, you can have a friend jump in as another little blob and roll around with you. It works a lot like in LittleBigPlanet with you working together, but also competing for points and objects to absorb. The local co-op made a fun demo into an awesome one.

Tales From Space: About a Blob will be releasing sometime later this year for the PSN. This is one PSN game that everyone should keep an eye out for.