Not that many games are fun anymore. No, I’m not talking about the ratio between good games and bad games. I’m talking about games whose sole existence is to be fun. Street Fighter is fun, but wrapped in a game where you get enjoyment out of beating the crap out of someone else. Grand Theft Auto is fun, but that fun comes from wreaking havoc on a city an its inhabitants. The Resident Evil series is arguably not fun at all, as the enjoyment is derived from the games scaring the crap out of you.
This is why de Blob smacks me like a breath of fresh air. Behind the colourful visuals (which haters may call kiddie) and cheery music is a game aiming to achieve fun in it’s purest sense. I’ll be quick to admit that I’ve only played the first level, but this Wii game had me grinning from ear-to-ear from the opening cinematic to the end of my initial playthrough.
If you’re not familiar with de Blob, here’s a quick rundown. You, as de Blob, have to save your city from beings who have stolen all the colour from it. You bring life back to the world by adding colour to yourself and then splashing colour onto elements in the environment. It plays sort of like Katamari Damacy mixed with Super Mario.
So far, that formula has proven to be a real winner. It’s a lot of fun just traversing the world and painting. The art style is great and the colours really bring life to the world. The music fits the vibe of this game really well, and the act of you painting an object will actually add elements of sound to the music based on what colour you are. It’s a nice little touch. Besides painting everything you see, there are objects to collect and challenges to complete. None of the challenges have been mind-bending yet, but I like where they’re going with it.
I’m not sure if the Wii controls necessarily add anything to the experience, but so far it hasn’t taken away anything. I was at first a bit hesitant about how jumping by shaking the Wii remote up would work, but it’s fine within the context of this game. It feels good to hit the colour robots by slamming down the Wii remote. It also feels good to shake the Wii remote and nunchuck to splash around the colour on special objects. Movement is controlled by the analog stick and you have fairly good camera control.
I really want to play more of this game. As a grown-up, I don’t play many games anymore that are just straight-up fun. I’m hoping de Blob continues to provide just that. For Wii owners deprived of good games, this may be worth looking into for you. Don’t let the “kiddie” graphics deceive you. So far, this appears to be a winner at any age.