I just 100%ed it. Obviously there was little to no difficulty for most teens/adults. There's a reason it says "SyFy Kids" on the box.
There are only a couple of hidden items that you may miss if you don't think things through and/or double back. The difficulty does increase, but not by a whole lot. The Rocket Racer level may be the hardest due to trying to collect all the items within the time limits, but that's not really saying much.
This game would be great for younger kids who can grasp the "collecting" aspect of the game. Otherwise they might get bored with the repetitive nature of some of the game. That's not to say its completely repetitive, but its just a standard platformer where new enemies are introduced, there's new challenges/puzzles etc., but at its core its pretty much much the same thing throughout.
But overall the level designs are diverse enough. The 3D in a 2D world graphic style is great and is probably one of the better looking DS games I've seen. The music and sound effects are great too, especially as you "paint" or "color" the levels. In what could have been total shovelware garbage, Halfbrick / Criware did a nice job making this a solid game for THQ.
I'd say the 75 scores are pretty much right on. It was a pretty relaxing fun platformer. At least for me, not every game has to be a 60+ hour epic or something, provided the price is right, which is was here.
Its probably worth $10 for a new copy since de Blob 2 is a fairly recent game. For those who are going to be put off by the ease of it, you might want to wait it out until it drops lower or find a used copy for under $10, but in general it does not seem like new DS games fall that far below $10 unless its total garbage, which this game isn't. It currently trades back to Amazon for $5, so in a worse case scenario, you could buy it, beat it in a day, and trade it back to make it a $5 rental.
I should note that I don't have a DSi so I can't comment on the augmented reality mini-games. Nothing for them even appears on my cart when its in my DS Lite so I don't know if they play a role with the storyline or if they're just mini-games on the side.
Edit: From the manual -
Chroma Cameras and The Chroma Crystal
(This feature is only available on the Nintendo DSi.)
Hidden throughout the game are 15 Chroma Cameras. Finding a Chrome Camera in a level will take you to a mini-game where you must collect color energy with the Nintendo DSi Camera!
If you can find and charge all 15 Cameras, you'll unlock the legendary Chroma Crystal; a crystal with the power to change Blob's color at any time!
To use the Chroma Crystal to change Blob's color, press SELECT.
Edited by kodave, 14 August 2011 - 04:03 AM.