OddBlob for Touchpad is a puzzle game released by Astraware Limited.
“Meet OddBlob: the groovy clay dude who loves to bounce! Help OddBlob bound across the squishy maze to grab bonuses, chomp fruit, and win points as quickly as he can as the chasing tiles disappear behind. Watch out for bounce and double bounce tiles that can help you reach your goal or throw you through the gaps to impending peril below!”
The idea behind the game move OddBlob around a maze of platforms collecting food were possible to reach safety on the other side of the maze. Within the maze. there are special tiles that can force Oddblob to move, jump or block his movement. There are also tiles that collapse after you have stood on it once.
There is a simple tutorial that takes you through the basics of how to move and how the various tiles work.
Once this is done you can select to play in either Panic mode and Strategy mode.
Panic mode, is more action based, with you racing through the area as the platforms collapse behind you at an alarming rate. Your reactions and quick thinking are tested as you rapidly collect what you can in your race to safety.
Strategy mode, is slower with platforms collapsing slowly, but it gives you much more time to plan your movements and to gather as much as possible as you move through the maze.
The gameplay is simple, with you looking at that tiles around you and you can jump one block in one of eight directions. As you progress in the levels the maze areas become bigger more holes and blocks appear on the map and the rather of collapse behind you slowly increases. By level 16, especially on Panic mode, the floor is collapsing almost as fast as you can move.
There is also a little mini game if you collect a cake, where you are given a screen filled with movement tiles, a few pieces of cake and a few holes. You need to work out which direction to move to be pushed by the tiles to a piece of cake, rather than falling to your doom.
The game is controlled by tapping in the direction that you wish to move.
The sounds and graphics are both very good, the claymation is very good.
On the upside:
- Unique graphical style.
- Fun gameplay tailored to action or strategy.
On the downside:
- Overlap of text when awards are show after the game.
- Difficulty levels change the starting level rather than being able to make it easier for younger kids.
Overall, this is a nice mix between puzzle and action game. With fun gameplay and nice graphics it draws you into the game. My young daughter loved the look of the game, but it was fairly difficult for her to play. I would have liked some tweaking to the difficulty levels. This game is been out of iOS for a long time now, but this is a solid port that works well on the Touchpad. It is well worth a look if you like your action/puzzle games.
Size: 15.1 MB
Price (at time of review): £1.59