In play

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

De Blob (Wii):

In de Blob, it's your job to take back your city from the evil minions of I.N.K.T. as the hero Blob. Blob's job is to collect paint from paint bots on the street and roll around turning the colorless buildings around the city into their original color-filled homesteads.

Players take on missions in the city. But instead of killing or fighting against the good guys, in de Blob your missions are to paint parts of the town certain colors or take back special Chroma City landmarks, repelling the threat of the evil I.N.K.T. As the game progresses, parts of the city will open up with new missions, new puzzles and tons of minigames.

At its roots, de Blob is a platforming game, much like the Mario games. But as you can see, it has an interesting twist. Add the brilliant use of the Wii's motion controls and you have an amazingly solid game. By using the Wii nunchuck, you control Blob's movement. Jumping, smashing enemies and collecting paint are all done with a simple flick of the Wii remote. With huge city blocks to tackle and eight parts of the city to unlock, expect lots of play time with unlockable minigames and tons of extras. Even the soundtrack to this game is amazing, with players adding twists to the music as they roll and paint buildings.

One of the most fun features of the game is the multiplayer minigames. My personal favorite is the game in which each player controls a different color Blob and races around the town trying to paint more building than the opponent before time runs out.

With addicting gameplay, easy controls and imaginative concept, de Blob is a must play for gamers of all ages!

Game to avoid: Fable 2, released this week, is rated Mature by the ESRB. Yes the game is visually stunning and has multiplayer online, but for the young ones the personal battle between becoming good or evil is a bit too much. The game is a bloody hack-and-slash type game with some inappropriate language and gambling thrown in the mix. I recommend passing on this one and suggest trying an open world game for younger gamers, like Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.