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The game gimmick is that, each flavor of jellybean fed to the blob causes it to assume the shape of a related object. Feed the blob a cola flavored jellybean, and he morphs into a giant bubble the boy can ride in; feed him a cinnamon flavored jellybean, and he becomes a blowtorch; and so forth. These shapes will help you get past the various hazards you'll find underground and on the blob's home world of Blobolonia.
 
The game gimmick is that, each flavor of jellybean fed to the blob causes it to assume the shape of a related object. Feed the blob a cola flavored jellybean, and he morphs into a giant bubble the boy can ride in; feed him a cinnamon flavored jellybean, and he becomes a blowtorch; and so forth. These shapes will help you get past the various hazards you'll find underground and on the blob's home world of Blobolonia.
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I first played this game around 1990 as a rental. I remember being really enamored with the concept and created a hand-drawn map of the Earth section. I made it to Blobolonia, but failed to get past the cherry bombs. Years later, I figured out how and beat the game. I was a bit annoyed to learn just how close I was to victory all those years ago.
  
 
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 4/10
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{{Video Game Review|6|5|4|3|3|42%|NES}}
* '''Best Version:''' NES
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game's theme is extremely clever. Having a sidekick that you can morph into various shapes to bypass puzzles and monsters is a great idea.
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* The game's theme is extremely clever. Having a sidekick that can morph into various shapes to bypass puzzles and monsters is a great idea.
 
* The use of actual photographs for background graphics was an interesting choice, and it give the game a nice ambiance.
 
* The use of actual photographs for background graphics was an interesting choice, and it give the game a nice ambiance.
* The game has a lot of cartoon charm. Using holes to slip through the floor, trampolines that launch you into the sky, being able to slide off a cliff, but not fall, etc.
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* The game has a lot of cartoon tropes which give it charm. Using holes to slip through the floor, trampolines that launch you into the sky, being able to slide off a cliff, but not fall, etc.
 
* Crane did a great job assigning the flavors to various shapes. They either fit thematically or have a nice alliterative wording.
 
* Crane did a great job assigning the flavors to various shapes. They either fit thematically or have a nice alliterative wording.
  
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* Nothing.
 
* Nothing.
  
==Gallery==
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==Media==
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===Documentation===
 
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<gallery>
 
Boy And His Blob, A - NES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
 
Boy And His Blob, A - NES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
Boy and His Blob, A - Map.png|Earth Map.
 
 
Zac Gorman - Boy and His Blob, A.gif|Zac Gorman comic.
 
Zac Gorman - Boy and His Blob, A.gif|Zac Gorman comic.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Boy and His Blob, A - Map.png|Earth.
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Boy and His Blob, A - NES - Map - Blobolonia.jpg|Blobolonia.
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Boy and His Blob, A - Map - Earth.jpg|A hand-made map I drew.
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</gallery>
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===Fan Art===
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<gallery>
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Zac Gorman - Boy and His Blob, A.gif|Zac Gorman comic.
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</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWajywEfE0 youtube.com/watch?v=QcWajywEfE0] - Longplay.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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| English || A Boy and His Blob: Trouble On Blobolonia || ||
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| Japanese || ふしぎなブロビー ブロバニアの危機 || Fushigi na Blobby: Blobania no Kiki || Mysterious Blobby: Crisis In Blobania
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/david-cranes-a-boy-and-his-blob-trouble-on-blobolonia mobygames.com/game/david-cranes-a-boy-and-his-blob-trouble-on-blobolonia] - MobyGames.
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Boy_and_His_Blob:_Trouble_on_Blobolonia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Boy_and_His_Blob:_Trouble_on_Blobolonia] - Wikipedia.
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* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/A_Boy_and_His_Blob:_Trouble_On_Blobolonia_(NES) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/A_Boy_and_His_Blob:_Trouble_On_Blobolonia_(NES)] - Music.
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Revision as of 14:42, 9 September 2019

North American box art.

A Boy and His Blob: Trouble On Blobolonia is a puzzle adventure game by David Crane. In the game, a blob-alien has come to Earth seeking help because his home world has been taken over by tyrant, but ends up befriending a little boy who feeds him jellybeans. The little boy must buy vitamins to help defeat the tyrant, but lacking money, he must first discover underground treasure.

The game gimmick is that, each flavor of jellybean fed to the blob causes it to assume the shape of a related object. Feed the blob a cola flavored jellybean, and he morphs into a giant bubble the boy can ride in; feed him a cinnamon flavored jellybean, and he becomes a blowtorch; and so forth. These shapes will help you get past the various hazards you'll find underground and on the blob's home world of Blobolonia.

I first played this game around 1990 as a rental. I remember being really enamored with the concept and created a hand-drawn map of the Earth section. I made it to Blobolonia, but failed to get past the cherry bombs. Years later, I figured out how and beat the game. I was a bit annoyed to learn just how close I was to victory all those years ago.

Status

I own the game and have beaten it.

Review

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6 5 4 3 3 42%

Best Version: NES

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game's theme is extremely clever. Having a sidekick that can morph into various shapes to bypass puzzles and monsters is a great idea.
  • The use of actual photographs for background graphics was an interesting choice, and it give the game a nice ambiance.
  • The game has a lot of cartoon tropes which give it charm. Using holes to slip through the floor, trampolines that launch you into the sky, being able to slide off a cliff, but not fall, etc.
  • Crane did a great job assigning the flavors to various shapes. They either fit thematically or have a nice alliterative wording.

Bad

  • The graphics and music are pretty awful.
  • The game is far too short. I almost beat it the first time I played it.
  • I would have preferred a few more clever puzzles. Most of them are easily solved.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Documentation

Maps

Fan Art

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English A Boy and His Blob: Trouble On Blobolonia
Japanese ふしぎなブロビー ブロバニアの危機 Fushigi na Blobby: Blobania no Kiki Mysterious Blobby: Crisis In Blobania

Links

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