- Platform: PC
- Players: 1-8
- Achievements: Yes
- Steam Trading Cards: Yes
- Controller Support : Yes
- Retail Price: $9.99
High Level Premise: Puzzle Fighter with anime girls
Graphics/Style: 16-Bit vibe to most of the graphics, mildly disturbing 8-bit "pixel art" characters on menus.
Music/Soundtrack: A couple bouncy tracks don't get too annoying.
Story: You used to be friends, then something strange happened. Fight your former friends to unravel the story. Yeah, that's about it.
Replay-ability: It's a good Puzzle Fighter clone. The problem is that I pretty much got my fill of Puzzle Fighter 20 years ago.
Time Commitment: Most matches only take 2-3 minutes. There are endless and puzzle modes which can suck up quite a bit more time.
Value: A solid package for the value.
Favorite Element: The secret 16-player arcade mode...I guess it's not so secret.
Finally, Slayer comes to the video game world as only they know how...in a blood-curdling pulse-quickening puzzle game! Ok, so while the title may be a play on the metal classic Raining Blood, the game is as opposite in style as possible.
Raining Blobs is, for all intents and purposes, a clone of the PlayStation era classic Super Puzzle Fighter. The main difference is that instead of squishy version of our favorite Street Fighter II characters, we get generic anime girls. And boy howdy, do the developers of this game REALLY want you to notice these girls. On the Steam Store page for the game, the two line blurb mentions cute anime girls twice. THE VERY FIRST KEY FEATURE IS "Adore the cast of cute female protagonists inspired by anime style art. " Finally, the line to end the description? "Oh, and did we mention the cute girls?" I feel like I need to take a bath...it's just all too much.
Digging in to the game, you get the standard puzzle game modes: Arcade, Tournament, Endless, and Puzzle. I won't bore you with the details of each because they all work exactly as you would expect them to.
The actual game is very simple. Again, it is almost a direct clone of the Puzzle Fighter formula: pairs of blobs fall from the top of the screen, you need to try and get large formations of the same colored blobs together. Some of the blobs have white stars embedded inside, get two blobs of the same color with stars in the same formation, and it "Pops" clearing the mass from the board. If you're playing against an opponent, the blobs are sent over to the opponents' staging area as garbage blobs. In one game twist from Puzzle Fighter (if I recall that game correctly), the garbage blobs are only released into their board if they clear a mass of 4 or more blobs. So it does give players a chance to chip away at the garbage before it clogs their area. It's a nice touch.
The most fun mode is the Arcade mode. In this, you can play up to 8 players in hot-seat multiplayer. It reminds me of old school Tetrinet...only you're not playing against real people online. There is a super secret code (so secret I've forgotten it) that will allow you to play up to 16 players on the same screen, but 8 of those have to be CPU bots. I can't even begin to tell you how chaotic 16 player mode is. It's fun, but almost impossible to really do well because it is just dumb luck to survive it.
I do find the AI to be good enough to at least pose a fair challenge in Tournament mode (meaning I can get about halfway through before I get my hat handed to me).
Raining Blobs is a nice nostalgic puzzle kick. For me, I don't find myself spending a whole lot of time with this because I've already spent my hors with Puzzle Fighter, and I prefer games like Bejeweled or Candy Crush when I want to play Match-X puzzle games today. If you are madly in love with generic anime girl art though, welcome home.