Majesco Releases the 2009 Remake of ‘A Boy and His Blob’ on the App Store

When it comes to weirdo NES games, mentions of A Boy and His Blob [$ 4.99] hit every possible piece of nostalgia I have for the era, like one of those YouTube videos of a guy playing unbelievable piano pieces utilizing all 88 keys. It was released in 1990, which meant I was old enough to understand most of the zany game elements, most of which hinged around feeding jellybeans to your pet blob which would then inexplicably cause it to transform into various different forms, which were then used to solve different platforming puzzles. For instance, if you need to go up or down, you’d toss your blob a licorice flavor bean and it’d morph into a ladder. It was (and still is) a super cool game mechanic, as you had a limited number of jelly beans so you needed to use them strategically.

In late 2009, a remake was released on PC and consoles (then later re-released in 2016 on current generation consoles) that I thought was just fantastic. They took the same mechanic from the original, and basically just totally spruced it up with new graphics, animations, and (of course) levels to play through. It was received generally well, and I had a great time with it.

Well, this morning’s surprise is that A Boy and His Blob is now available on the App Store. Without telling anyone, Majesco snuck this classic out that we found just paging through any new releases we might have missed. It seems like a pretty faithful port too, with the only real difference being the obvious addition to virtual controls.

I look forward to spending more time with the game to see how these controls end up holding up in later, more difficult levels, but so far I’m pleasantly surprised. The possibility of A Boy and His Blob was not even on my radar at all as a potential iOS release, making this a fantastic addition to this month’s onslaught of incredible titles to be released.


Google brings back the blob emoji (as a sticker pack)

The Android blob lives! Kind of. For those not in the know, Android O is replacing Google’s classic blob emoji with more generic-looking emoji. A lot of people are not happy about that. Google is well aware, so today – in honor of World Emoji Day *sighs* – it’s bringing back the blobs in a sticker pack for the seven people that still use Allo. Of course, making the choice to abandon the blob wasn’t easy for Google either – after all, it’s the one that had to let go. So Google shared its breakup letter, apparently written while listening…

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Google’s best travel feature is an orange blob

For as relaxing as vacations are supposed to be, there tends to be an awful lot of stress involved. My girlfriend and I just got back from a trip a couple weeks ago, and the biggest problem we had was planning: sure, we had plane tickets, train tickets, and Airbnbs all set, but we still had to figure out what to actually do in the three different cities we were visiting. We weren’t entirely sure even once we’d arrived.

Fortunately, Google Maps has a feature that makes exploring a new city incredibly easy — so long as you’re okay with being a little bit uncertain about what your outings will be like. It’s a year-old feature called “Areas of Interest,” and from asking around The Verge office, it seems like most people don’t even realize…

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