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Overview David Crane 's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble in Blobolonia
is the first of two games starring the titular Boy
(no name given) and his blob, Blobert
. The Boy is unable to perform many actions on his own; being limited to walking and throwing jellybeans. When Blobert eats the thrown jellybeans he transforms into various items to assist the Boy in overcoming obstacles. The creator of A Boy and His Blob
was David Crane
; who also created the Pitfall series
. A Boy and His Blob
is one of the earliest games to incorporate the idea of masking loading times; all of the Earth screens and all of the Blobonia screens exist as just two separate chunks of data; the lengthy trip between worlds on Blobert's Root Beer Rocket form hides the game taking the time to dump one planet's data and load up the other's.
- Blowtorch - Cinnamon Jelly Bean - For burning spiderwebs.
- Brick Wall - Ketchup Jelly Bean - No effect. (Blobert will only eat the Ketchup Jelly Bean if he is tricked by the Boy throwing two beans in rapid succession (1 Honey and 1 Ketchup). Otherwise the Ketchup Jelly Bean is used to summon Blobert.)
- Bridge - Strawberry Jelly Bean - Used to cross some gaps.
- Bubble - Cola Jelly Bean - Used to breathe underwater.
- Coconut - Coconut Jelly Bean - Used to scout ahead. (The view follows the Coconut as it rolls.)
- Hole - Punch Jelly Bean - Creates a hole which can lead to new sections.
- Hummingbird - Honey Jelly Bean - Flying Blobert can follow more quickly.
- Jack - Apple Jelly Bean - Raises objects out of the way.
- Key - Lime Jelly Bean - Used to unlock doors.
- Ladder - Licorice Jelly Bean - Reach new heights.
- Rocket - Root Beer Jelly Bean - Transports Boy and Blobert between Earth and Blobolonia.
- Trampoline - Tangerine Jelly Bean - Allows jumping.
- Umbrella - Vanilla Jelly Bean - Prevents damage both from high falls, and falling objects.
- Vitablaster - Orange Jelly Bean - A weapon that launches vitamins at enemies.
Because of the Boy's limited mobility, the Boy and His Blob games involve more puzzle solving than many of their contemporaries.
A single sequel, David Crane's A Boy and His Blob in: The Rescue of Princess Blobette, was released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1991. Very little was seen of the game for many years; an attempted remake of the original for the Nintendo DS was announced in 2005 but cancelled in 2007. On October 13th 2009 a more successful remake was released on the Nintendo Wii. Improved graphics and hand painted backgrounds were used in this title.