Old but excellent ink-splatting plaformer de Blob is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 17th, THQ Nordic has announced.
It only took nine years, but the 2008 Wii platformer de Blob has finally received a PC release.
When THQ when kaput last year its assets were auctioned off to the highest bidder with Darksiders and Red Faction sold to Nordic Games. Now the Vienna-based publisher has acquired another one of THQ's lost properties with the whimsical platforming series de Blob.
The sequel to under-loved Wii game de Blob will be subtitled Underground and be released in spring 2011.
THQ has announced that a new entry in the de Blob franchise will arrive in the first quarter of calendar 2011.
This puts the game in the latter end of the "2011 fiscal year" range we heard in February.
The first de Blob title didn't exactly set the industry on fire when it hit the Wii in early 2008, but sales were apparently impressive enough to merit a sequel.
THQ boss Brian Farrell has said there will be more Darksiders, Saints Row and de Blob next year.
THQ plans to make more de Blob games for Wii, after the original won critical hearts and bounced eagerly off shop shelves.
The iPhone's excellent App Store has been around for a few months now, and gaming's biggest names are starting to take an interest. Following our recent reviews of Super Monkey Ball and Bejeweled 2 (now discounted, incidentally), we thought we'd catch up and find out what else the big publishers have been serving up. Next time we'll bring you the latest on the best and most interesting in the indie scene, followed by the best freebies we've come across. But for now, here are some of the biggest and best mainstream games available for iPhone and iPod Touch.
I Love Katamari
One of the cheapest review tactics of all time is the old 'cut and shut' technique: in the struggle to eloquently sum up the merits of a particular product, the hard-pressed critic resorts to describing it as 'game A meets game B'. But sometimes, it's the only way. And if ever a game needed a concise, off the cuff, down-the-pub-with-your-mates description it's de Blob. Maybe you can help THQ out and come up with one.
de Blob might look like a McDonald's Happy Meal of a game, and with THQ behind it, you might assume this is some sort of Nickelodeon Mercury Meltdown - but that's not doing it any favours at all. Despite its Day-Glo visual style, it definitely shouldn't be dismissed as a kids' game, and nor is it strictly a ball-rolling puzzle game. It's something else entirely: something original, utterly charming and occasionally very exciting. At its most basic level, it's an intriguing 3D platform-puzzle hybrid, where restoring colour to a monochromatic city is your goal (hello Wizball!). Think of it as a gigantic interactive colouring-in playground. For grown-ups.
The premise is delightfully daft, and some superbly animated sequences help set the tone with a style and tone evocative of LucasArts' legendary Day of the Tentacle. For reasons best known to themselves, the nefarious I.N.K.T. Corporation has made colour illegal and literally drained the life out of every building, plant, sign and statue in Chroma City. Needless to say, this is where de Blob comes in, on a solo mission to fight back against The Man and reverse this dastardly deed to the sound of happy jazz. You're damn right.
Battle of the Bands
THQ gathered the world's press in San Francisco this week to show off its line-up for the next year, announcing Dawn of War II just beforehand and a Saints Row 2 release date on the night before plying us all with alcohol and letting us loose on demo pods and developers.
THQ has announced it will be bringing de Blob to Wii and DS next February.