Sunday, June 30, 2019

Blob Race

It's not often a parent introduces their young daughter to gambling but I figured racing cute blobs was going to be worth the risk of the cops knocking on my door. Yep, you heard correctly, today we are going to be betting on green blobs which is something similar to the horse racing machines seen at seaside amusement arcades.

Developed by Kev Davis back in 1991, Blob was oddly never released for some insane reason.
Well, not until 1994 after seeing an unauthorised beta on a Menu Disk... Yikes!

With each game, we begin with £100 in the kitty. Racing your blob is just like in the arcades: just pick yourself a likely winner from a selection of six racers. Each has a name and its own individual characteristics for maximum speed, reactions (how well they can maintain that speed) and the number of tricks they're able to perform.

Ricky D. would be proud of that boulder... whilst another zips along on his new wheels.

Wait! Tricks? Oh yes, each blob can possess a bunch of cool tricks to use against their fellow competitors, such as throwing bombs, riding a bike, and sprouting helicopter wings. If all this wasn't silly enough, during a race you might see a blob explode, teleport, or get crushed by a weight - just like in the old cartoons. Brilliant stuff!!

The betting system is really simple and not like you might expect: coming in first gives you your winnings at the specified odds. However, coming in second allows half of that, whilst third place gets you your money back. Fourth of less gets you a big fat nothing! This actually works really well and helps keep everyone playing for longer.

One gets crushed by a ton weight and another has helicopter hair... I love the sense of humour!!

Well, that's about all there is to this belting little game: pick a blob and watching it squelch across the screen. It's great fun but what makes this game extra awesome is its simplicity and humour: I loved the falling ton weights, bombs, and lots of other worm-like incidents. Also, the news headlines are a killer: avoid cliches like the plague. lol

My only criticism would be the length of each race which is too short. I'd have liked them to last a little longer and with more frequent accidents and tricks. Perhaps Kevin will read this and make a sequel - so long as it's for the ST...

Overall, this is easily one of the most entertaining games I have ever featured on AtariCrypt so download it now and get your family huddled around your ST like it's 1991. Blob is ace and gets top marks from both of us!!

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