Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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I am a sucker for catchy tunes, cheerful graphics, and plump, fancy, gentlemanly blobs in snazzy top hats. Mr. Filby, from independent mobile game developer Scylla Games' newest creation BlibBlob, is such a gentleblob.
After a freak accident that left all the royal stars blown across Blobtopia, Mr. Filby pledges his loyalty to the king and sets forth to return all the stars. The player guides Mr. Filby through 15 levels of increasing difficulty gathering stars, seeking out hidden hearts in secret areas, and munching up fruit all while avoiding the fierce creatures and obstacles that litter the course. In order to proceed to the next level, the player must guide Mr. Filby through treturous terrain to find all the stars. While looking for stars, Mr. Filby can eat fruit to gain bonus points and look for hidden hearts to refill his life status. Any extra hearts found by the the end of the level add to overall points. The stars are readily visible but not necessarily easy to get to, and the same goes for the fruit.
The fierce creatures that are placed throughout the levels can pose some fine challenges. There are some stars and secret places that can only be reached by riding on top or bouncing off of the creatures. Getting the timing right so as to not lose a heart in Mr. Filby's life status can be tricky, especially once past the first few levels. Blibblob is a delightful game that, while targeted at children, has some fun deeper challenges for more experienced gamers.
Game options allow the music to be adjusted, as well as the way Mr. Filby is controlled. Mr. Filby can be controlled by button or tilt. I personally felt I had better control of Mr. Filby with the button function then the tilt. I found myself aggressively tilting the iPhone and grumbling under my breath trying to get the correct timing needed to get Mr. Filby into some of the tighter spots, especially those secret passageways. I'm not sure if it is my chimplike aggression while gaming that prevented me from making those subtle moves in the tilt function or if Mr. Filby really is controlled better by the buttons.
Fully integrated with OpenFeint, BlibBlob has letterboards and achievements to keep more experienced players entertained. Without an OpenFeint account, once the game is beaten there is not much except beating previous scores - this will draw most back. However, 15 levels is enough to get anyone through a long road trip, several morning commutes, or that awful half-hour of movie trivia and "insightful" and "cutting edge" cable TV show previews before the real movie previews start.
BlibBlob is a childlike game that is complex enough for adults to enjoy. The controls are easy to pick up, the storyline is cute, and while the repaly value is not the best - unless the player is on OpenFeint - who cares when there are stars to gather, secret passageways to discover and fruity bonus points to eat.