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Rise of the Blobs Review

By , on February 13, 2013


Rise of the Blobs
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Deliciously juicy sound effects backed by groovy tunes.
  • A great innovation built on the classic Tetris formula.
  • The store and unlocks are not intrusive.

CONS

  • Performance issues including hefty frame rate lag, and intense battery drain on the 3GS phone used to review the title.

VERDICT

If you'd like a gooshy, 'spin round the tower' reverse form of Tetris, Rise of the Blobs has got you covered.


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Observe the valiant marshmallow, standing atop his pillar of righteousness, casting down fruit at any lowly blob that dares rise above its station. OK, so that's not what's happening here in Rise of the Blobs, well aside from the marshmallow and the pillar... and the blobs of course. Think of this as a rotating reverse Tetris in which you need to be vigilant, surveying around the spire, while throwing the right colored fruit on the right colored blob so you can tap it, make it go squish, hopefully chain react its buddies into oblivion, and stem off the inevitable destruction for at least a little longer.

Like most endless puzzlers, this game gets faster the longer you play. The marshmallow automatically throws down the fruit, and rotating the pillar will determine where it falls; although swiping down will cause the fruit to plummet. If it hits a blob of the same color, that blob will transform, allowing you to tap it, which makes it and any touching blocks of the same color explode in a gooshy, juicy mess. If the fruit lands on top of a blob not its color, it will just sit there, but either stacking three of a kind, or detonating a neighbor blob will remove its obstructive ways from the game world. Of course there are power-ups that aid play like the coconut bomb, and acquiring coins (or paying for them) will allow you to buy these in either a single use or permanent variety.

And as presentation goes, well the landscapes and blobs are all bright and colorful, and the explosions are visually pleasant, being accompanied by a very satisfying sound effect. Sadly performance was a big issue while playing this game for review on the 3GS. Not only was there highly noticeable frame-rate lag, but the CPU in the phone seemed to be running at maximum, and the majority of the battery drained within fifteen minutes of play. Even if this is just an issue on older devices, it's something that needs to be addressed.

So if you like endless puzzle games, Rise of the Blobs is worth a look. The idea is familiar thanks to its obvious inspiration, but changed significantly enough to be entirely its own. Add to that enjoyable visuals and sound, and not having too heavy handed a push towards in-app purchases, and you have a game that should keep its intended audience entertained.

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