BlobCat for the Nintendo Switch Review
As the number of indie games and ports on the Nintendo Switch continues to rise, it’s difficult to keep up. Thanks to the incredible support, games often pass us by that might otherwise not have. Enter BlobCat, a game from developer Christian Wasser that was first published on iOS two years ago. It’s a game that hopes to achieve it’s mobile success on Nintendo’s latest console, but will it?
Before we delve into this entertaining, thought-provoking, and occasionally frustrating puzzler, a question needs answering. When considering mobile ports, is it possible to purchase this at a cheaper price point? Simply put, you can. It doesn’t always mean you should though. This review will identify the reason why one might purchase on the Nintendo Switch.
As the game loads, it’s very clear that the mobile roots of BlobCat are firmly planted. The quirky and colourful art style of the opening menu reminded me of other mobile titles. On it, you’re presented with a single-player, multi-player and a locked third option called ‘“Artbook”. The visual style of the menu is perfectly indicative of the in-game graphics. If you were to choose “Multi-player”, it quickly becomes evident why investing in this version, opposed to mobile, is worth it.
Before we get into that however, let’s chat about the single-player experience. Upon choosing it, the player is prompted to try the tutorial & I highly recommend it. A member of what is called “the AdviceMice” will then inform of the premise of the game:
Protect the DiceMice from the BlobCats by guiding them to a mouse hole before they’re eaten.
It’s nothing groundbreaking to be sure but is simple to get.
Moving through the first of six worlds, you’ll quickly come to grips with the games mechanics. By using the left analog, you’ll be able to select a square. With the right, you can select the direction you’d like the mouse to follow. The goal is to set a path for these mice to get to the safety and comfort of their home. The controls are intuitive and fluid, however, it’s worth noting that the game does not support touchscreen.
For me, it’s quite evident that each level in BlobCat was carefully crafted to provoke you to think and identify different strategies. By the end of the first world, I had a plethora of different ideas at my disposal to avoid the pesky BlobCats. Strategies that would quickly prove to be of great use.
This brings me to what could be a dealbreaker to some; it has a steep learning curve. For example, during one level, I was tasked with guiding 8 mice to the mouse hole whilst avoiding a lone BlobCat. The very next level had me protecting one mouse from 5 BlobCats. The variables changed drastically but it always kept me on my toes. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and it made a simple concept both engaging and addictive. I was always keen to beat just one…more…level! For some, however, this level of challenge may be disengaging. When coupled with the repetitive nature, it could be enough to stop people playing as quickly as they started.
With a firm grasp on its mobile roots, BlobCats grades your performance out of 3 stars. The less arrows you to navigate your mouse, the higher your rating. If you manage the elusive 3-star ranking, you unlock a sticker for the digital album that also comes with a cat or mouse based quip. These stars are then tallied together and worlds are unlocked once you have the required amount. For those completionists out there, this gives BlobCats a lot of replay-ability. For those that just enjoy the experience, all of the value is in the aforementioned multiplayer. What’s more, it’s been fully optimized for its debut on Switch, allowing couch co-op and online cross-play!
Multi-player offers you the choice of three modes;
– “Time” will test who amount your friends can save the most DiceMice in the allowed time limit.
– “King of the Mice” decides its winner by choosing who among your friends was quickest to rescue a set number of DiceMice.
– “Defend” requires you to protect the mouse hole from BlobCats.
I found couch co-op to be a very enjoyable experience and I’m sure come release time, online will be equally as enjoyable. It’s also quite excellent to see cross-play in operation once again.
I personally think BlobCat is worth a play on the Nintendo Switch. Although difficult to master, the element of strategy and depth is a welcomed one. In a game that includes multiplayer and costs under $10, again, it’s worth it. While not a game you’ll sit through for hours, it’s one that’ll give you plenty of fun in short bursts. The only real issue I can see is that with so many other budget titles, it might fall short on people’s priority list. I say give it a try though; it doesn’t break the bank and would offer a great time at gatherings!
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Reviewed by Shaun Hughes on the Nintendo Switch, provided by BySamb