Rise of the Blobs
by Damien McFerran 6/2/2013
Product: Rise of the Blobs
Developer: Robot Invader
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Striking the right balance in a puzzle game is vital. If you make the mechanics too simple, it becomes boring. But make them too complicated and it becomes frustrating. Hitting the middle ground is not an easy task. Rise of the Blobs is proof of this.
On the surface, it appears to get everything right. The 3D visuals are great, the mechanic of spinning a column using swipes works well, and the central idea of popping blocks by throwing the appropriate item of fruit at them is straightforward.
What brings the game down is the fact that it never achieves the right difficulty balance.
Somewhere inside Rise of the Blobs there's the grain of a decent puzzle idea. Sadly, however, it gets bogged down by awkward difficulty and a slow-drip upgrade system which relies heavily on in-app purchases
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