Featuring a charming pixel aesthetic with a lively chiptune soundtrack to supplement it greatly, Raining Blobs provides a fast-paced puzzle experience that feels familiar and is simple to pick up.
Akin to Dr. Mario and Wario’s Woods, Raining Blobs has players matching coloured blocks in order to clear their game board, but this title has a larger competitive focus in its mechanics.
The more blocks cleared at a time, the more trash is sent to an opponent’s board. This isn’t by any means new – Puyo Pop employed a similar mechanic – but makes the single player game call for a different play style altogether, in a nice departure from the typical multiplayer model. Players are able to engage in matches with up to 8 participants, either local or bots. Alternatively, there is a tournament mode that features bot matches only.
There is a wide amount of customizable rules for arcade mode, and allows for players to start simple matches until they have fully mastered the mechanics which rely on quick decision making, precise planning, and impeccable improvisation skills.
Raining Blobs does well in what it attempts, providing a new yet familiar experience, although there are some aspects where the title is lacking. The character art is somewhat amateur, which does not detract from the game in the slightest, though it is a shame to see such wonderful background work coupled with slightly shoddy character artwork.
A lack of online multiplayer unfortunately diminishes the amount of replay value players are going to have after mastering the mechanics far beyond the AI’s capabilities. But though it’s simple, it works, and is good fun locally.