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De Blob

On a roll with 'Allo 'Allo! dunked in Dulux

Back in the fifties, B-movie monster The Blob heralded from another planet, but we have no idea where The Blob came from. One second THQ are merrily riding the licensed bandwagon, next they're veering into the crevice of wonderfully weird.

Best described as Mercury Meltdown meets Jet Set Radio, The Blob features neither mercurial swear-makers nor futuristic graffiti artists, but a translucent globule of paint-spewing anarchy. Set in a world sucked of colour, you're rebelling with a rainbow arsenal - think Che Guevara with a penchant for Skittles.
It plays like an extended version of Tony Hawk's monument-tagging multiplayer.

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Faced with streets of greyed oblongs, you use the Blob's smashing move (up, down, remote-flick) to open paint containers, colouring our hero in the process. By ramming into buildings they ping into hued life - or the impatient can skirt the walls to create a chain of coloured buildings.

While you're free to go Jackson Pollock on the city's ashen arse, objective-based play directs you to buildings of note paired with desired colour schemes. Attack targets on the key landmarks with specified colours (created by slurping from different coloured containers1) and they unfold into rainbow-coloured middle fingers aimed directly at the monochrome oppressors.

It's packed with delightful touches. From the way every rejuvenated building adds a musical note, to the soundtrack of Bob's paint-splattering travels at speed, to the smears left in his wake, even the most minor play session ends up looking like God decided to go for finger-painting fun with his favourite planet. And that's before multiple players get involved. Mucky and silly, this is what the Wii was made for.

Mr Blobby
Directing the Blob with the analogue stick - no wishy-washy Dewy's Adventure tilting here - there are numerous anti-Blob measures to hinder you. Inkys douse him/her/it in oily blue gunk - ruining his paint-coating ability. On the other hand a brief dip in water can purify Blob, but this will similarly wash away his power level, which is needed to activate key landmarks. Jeez, who'd be a Blob, eh?

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