Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack has been around some time on Steam and various platforms, but it has recently come to Xbox Live Arcade ensuring another audience gets a chance to play it!
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a quirky title, it is a puzzler/ platformer game that brings in some of the best elements I have seen in the specific type of game. Upon booting the game up you will be greeted with its fantastic soundtrack, brilliant art style and simplistic menus that are so simple to navigate.
Once you hit the story mode button you will instantly see that the game is split up into six sections with each section comprising of various levels and a bonus level!
As a Blob you are tasked with eating everything in your path to grow in size whilst solving neat puzzles. This sounds much simpler as it is, the game grows in difficulty the further you progress in it. Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack slowly adds bigger obstacles, enemies and laser beams that will kill you instantly. Don't worry though, as there is a checkpoint system in place.
The game is based on scores much like your average mobile game, your score will affect your overall rank from bronze to gold and if you do well throughout you will gain the ability of playing the awesomely crafted bonus levels!
The bonus levels in particular are fantastic, they have been overhauled in a retro 16 bit style and look simply awesome, the game's personality oozes out during these stages and they also help to break up the pace of the other more frantic levels nicely!
For you completionists out there, you will love to know that throughout the levels are hidden blob friends that you can find in the most obscure places. They usually require embarking on a more difficult route or gaining access by doing some well timed movements!
As well as the bonus levels, the game also has sections in which your blob can fly! These also break the pace up nicely too ensuring that the experience never gets dull or overly repetitive!
Sadly, there is no cooperative mode, but there are Leaderboards that each score from every level is instantly added to, giving you a ranking and a reason to keep going back and perfecting your time and score!
Overall, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a great XBLA title and its personality and art style make it one of the fruitiest games we have had recently. So if you are up for a bit of an adventure and a challenge then be sure to pick it up. It truly is a fantastic title and I hope they release a sequel as for the minute I am hooked!