By Ben Barrett on May 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm.
While the indie game habits of pushing forward genres and innovating new styles of play are all well and good, what’s truly important and defining is how gosh-darn adorable they can be. ibb & obb is a prime example, its co-op focused platforming previously confined purely to the Sony Playbox as part of their “the indies all belong to us now” initiative. From a glance at the archives this was a post-announcement maneuver for a game originally intended for PC. Thankfully for you, me and lovers of anthropomorphised blobs the world over, the folks at Sparpweed are passing the game through a portal to Steam on May 26th. Check out a launch trailer once you’ve managed to stand on the ceiling.
No, look, come back! Yes, it’s another esoteric, friendly-looking indie platformer with mind-bending anti-gravity gimmicks, but that’s not really where the appeal lies. Co-op is the focus, up to and including the business model where a second copy will set you back only a fraction of the cost of the first. Unlike a few of its recent peers, ibb & obb isn’t limited to single-screen same-room antics, letting the magic of this new-fangled internet help you coordinate with far-flung colleagues. More over, it looks positively frustrating and painful to play solo – though possibly entertaining for challenge gamers – which reviewers of the first version last year seemed to agree on. Have a look at what cross-continental mega-bros USGamer thought back then and keep the Steam page bookmarked if you’re interested.