• Blobbo


  • Puzzle


  • Glenn Andreas


  • Glenn Andreas

Release Date:

  • 1995

On Wikipedia:

  • No, but there used to be


  • Macintosh

Officially Discontinued:

  • 1996

One of the original ideas behind the Games List was to add lesser-known titles related to my Classic Mac gaming heritage (early additions to the list included Bachman and Spectre) and Blobbo fits the bill. Well, technically "Blobbo Lite" since, until I actually started writing the review, there was not a known download of Blobbo anywhere. I finally found it through Googling and following up with an email (to Sweden, no less!), and uploaded it, though I couldn't get the level editor to work at press time. Response was underwhelming, you'd think finding the full version of a beloved Mac shareware title after nearly two decades would get applause, but few cared.

OK, so the way Blobbo works is a puzzle game. There's 25 levels, which at least one version I saw had 25 level files ready to go. The full version has solutions to everything, but requires you to quit out, so take notes.

The first level (actual size)

The animations are sparse but clever, especially later levels, as there's Sparky (a little frowning ball of electricity that will eventually zap you after your sunglasses disappear) and spiders (poisonous ones, a bite will turn Blobbo green with Xs for eyes). I'll try to find those 25 levels, but in the meantime, please do download it and play it, because that full version was missing for 20 years. It's not exactly a missing Doctor Who episode, but still worth looking at, and of course, there is in fact an ending to the game after you beat Level 25, and you discover what the point of all of it was. It's cute, but not worth the hair-pulling puzzles.

This review was originally written May 4, 2015, and has been partially rewritten during a website update.