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David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (NES)

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Description

In this unique Platform/Puzzle game you take control of a boy who has to help a blob getting to his home planet. It isn't a conventional Platformer, as the boy cannot jump or attack enemies. Instead, the Blob can be fed with different kinds of jellybeans, which will transform him into various objects. He can be used as a ladder, a bridge or a trampoline, turned into an umbrella to slow down the boy's fall or shield him from falling objects, into a bubble to let the boy swim and breathe underwater, a blow torch to burn certain obstacles or even a bird which enables him to follow the boy everywhere. There's total of 12 different shapes the blob can take on, all of which can be used to freely explore the game world.

Screenshots

David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia NES Using the blob as rocket
David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia NES That's some huge corn
David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia NES On Blobolonia
David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia NES ... or protects him from falling rocks

Alternate Titles

  • "ふしぎなブロビー ブロバニアの危機" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Fushigi na Blobby: Blobania no Kiki " -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Feed the magic blob Multimedia Mike (17464) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
A Wierd one for the books! Oblio (109) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

Dragon May, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines Jun, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Just Games Retro Sep 12, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Jaded Gamer, The Jan 19, 2003 83 out of 100 83
NES Center 2001 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Sep, 1991 62 out of 100 62
HonestGamers 2005 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Sep, 1991 57 out of 100 57
HonestGamers Mar 07, 2013 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

AI Partner

According to the GamesRadar feature Gaming's Most Important Evolutions this was the first game with an AI partner.

Animation

It's interesting to note that the main character's animation in this game (and its Game Boy sequel) is exactly the same as in some of David Crane's earlier games, such as Pitfall! and The Activision Decathlon.

Cancelled Sequel

A sequel to this game, titled A Boy and His Blob: Jelly's Cosmic Adventure, was announced for release on the Game Boy Advance sometime in 2002. The title, also designed by David Crane, was never completed and ultimately cancelled.

Information also contributed by Giovanni Russo and M4R14N0.

Related Web Sites

  • everything2 node: "jellybean" (A complete listing not only of the effects of differently-flavoured jellybeans in this game, but of the wordplay rationales behind them, useful in establishing mnemonics. Also includes relevant Game Genie codes.)
Mobygamesisreanimated (10788) added David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (NES) on Aug 31, 2004
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