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Oodlegobs
Oodlegobs icon
Description
Navigate your swarm throughout the mainframe and defeat mew tube!
Released Flash/Nitrome Touchy: August 29th 2013
Play It Nitrome.com
Levels 15
Genre Puzzle, platform
Websites Nitrome.com
Controls
Instr-keyboard

See #Controls

Credits Art
Giuseppe Longo
Programming
Aaron Steed
Music
Dave Cowen
Music
Menu
Oodlegobs Menu
Game
Oodlegobs Main
Avatars
Avatars related to this game:
Full oodleworm

Oodlegobs cat

Full oodlegobs-pumpkin3

Unlockable avatars in this game:
Full turnament-knight

Full flashcat

Avatar panda

Oodlegobs is a puzzle platform game released on August 29th 2013 for Flash and Nitrome Touchy. The player plays as a colony of computer viruses called Oodlegobs as they try to invade and destroy the MewTube company.

Controls

Flash

Left Right - Move left/right
space - Jump
Down - Lead all Oodlegobs to one Oodlegob
Up - Cause Oodlegobs to climb on top of each other

Touchy

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Gameplay

The main concept of the game is for the player to command the group of Oodlegobs, safely transporting as many as possible from one end of the stage to the other. The player will start from an oodlegobs hive with a small group of Oodlegobs, or even just one Oodlegob (mostly in the earlier stages). Placed throughout levels are cats, which are consumed to increase the amount of Oodlegobs in the player's party.

Levels of the game often require that the player interact with various buttons in order to open the necessary exit out of the room into another room. Throughout the game the player may have to split Oodlegobs into groups and go to multiple areas in order to advance.

Levels

Oodlegobs has 15 levels.

Introduction

Oodlegobs - Introduction00:40

Oodlegobs - Introduction

Level 1

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Oodlegobs - level 100:57

Oodlegobs - level 1

Level 2

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Oodlegobs - level 2

Level 3

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Oodlegobs - level 3

Level 4

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Oodlegobs - level 401:10

Oodlegobs - level 4

Level 5

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Oodlegobs - level 502:17

Oodlegobs - level 5

Level 6

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Oodlegobs - level 6

Level 7

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Oodlegobs - level 7

Level 8

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Oodlegobs - level 8

Level 9

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Oodlegobs - level 9

Level 10

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Oodlegobs - level 1004:16

Oodlegobs - level 10

Level 11

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Oodlegobs - level 1103:01

Oodlegobs - level 11

Level 12

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Oodlegobs - level 1203:27

Oodlegobs - level 12

Level 13

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Oodlegobs - level 1303:04

Oodlegobs - level 13

Level 14

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Oodlegobs - level 1403:26

Oodlegobs - level 14

Level 15

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Oodlegobs - level 1504:17

Oodlegobs - level 15

Ending

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Several screens with cats on them disappear, switching to a screen of a giant computer with a distressed cat face, as many Oodlegobs are around its base. One Oodlegobs says to the player "Now we can start a new empire of cooking blogs!"
Oodlegobs - Ending00:21

Oodlegobs - Ending


Oodlegobs end

The cat in the ending


Hazards

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Development

Oodlegobs first started as a game idea of a swarm of small creatures[1], the story and setting created by Nitrome pixel artist Giuseppe Longo[2] through mocking up of the game[1][3].

Oodlegobs' design was also influenced by the game "Badland"[2][4], the trailer of the movie "World War Z"[2], and the candy M&M's[5]. Furthermore, the game's usage of cats was based off the general enjoyment of people watching humorous cat videos.[6] The art Giuseppe Longo created for the game was partly influenced by the game's abstract game mechanic.[3]

Previews

June 13, 2013

On June 13 2013, Nitrome released a preview image on their blog. In the preview image, there is a large purplish grey computer standing in front of a dark purple background. On the computer screen, there are several windows open. The most prominent of these windows, the one that is on top, is opened to a website called MewTube. Underneath the computer, on the right corner, is a pink blob with big white teeth and big black eyes.

Cuboy also makes a cameo in this preview, appearing at the bottom-left corner of the computer.

August 1, 2013

On August 1st, 2013, Nitrome announced an upcoming game, Oodlegobs, on their blog. They also released a preview image of the game.

Cameos

Glitches

Spike glitch

Rarely, when an oodlegob comes in contact with a spike, it will not die, but rather become immobilized.

Unlimited glitch

In level five, there is an area with two Oodlegob hives. If Oodlegobs are at them both at the same time, every generator will generate unlimited Oodlegobs, although when there are too many, the game will crash.

Graphical glitch

Above the starting platform of level 9 are several 2x2 platforms, the 1x1 platform among these having a wire graphic clipping through the metal beam graphic.

Nitrome Touchy

Oodlegobs was made Nitrome Touchy compatible on August 16th 2013.

Reception

Aggregate scores
Site Score
Jay is Games 4.1/5
Review scores
Site Score
Jay is Games N/A[7]

Oodlegobs currently has an aggregate score of 4.1 out of 5 on Jay is Games. Dora Breckinridge of Jay is Games praised the game's art and mechanic, but criticized the "disgusting" elements of the game and the learning curve regarding how to coordinate movement of a group of Oodlegobs due to the chaotic movement of them. Summarizing her review, she said "Oodlegobs winds up being best for patient players rather than the Happy Gilmores amoung [sic] us, and all joking aside, if you don't mind the morbid premise, it's got a seriously quirky and colourful presentation and concept."

According to the the game's artist Giuseppe Longo the game and its plot were very well received by Nitromians.[3]

Beta elements

The menu of the game was changed, for unknown reasons. This is evident from the first previewed image of the game. After the game's startup, the player would be brought to a computer monitor. Instead of the "click to start" message appearing (as in the final version of the game), the player would be prompted with a message titled "OODLE @ GOBS.COM SENT YOU A MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO READ IT NOW? Y/N".

Trivia

  • Parts of Oodlegobs are influenced by internet culture, these being:
    • The expression on the teenager's face briefly changes to a troll face.
    • MewTube is a parody of YouTube.
    • In the help section of the menu, the mention of "make cheezburgers out of them" is a reference to the website I Can Haz Cheesburger?.
    • The intro has two cats of the internet that went viral.
  • Oodlegobs is one of the few Nitrome games that completely lack enemies.
  • The name "Oodlegobs" is a combination of the words "oodles" and "gobs", "oodles" meaning a bunch or a lot, and "gobs" meaning something slimy. This is a reference to the main characters, since there are a lot of them and they are slimy.
Board

The board in question

  • The background of one of the levels of Nitrome Must Die has a board that reads "- game with cats -game with blobs p.s. you have 8 hours!!". It's possible that this was a reference to the development of Oodlegobs, which was released almost two years after Nitrome Must Die.
  • For the Nitrome Jam game Loop, there is an icon for Oodlegobs in the "More projects created by this team members" section.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tweet by Guiseppe Longo (@Mis BUG): @Gillespionage [:] more or less... At the beginning we just had the idea about the swarm, then the story came out while mocking up...
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Tweet by Aaron Steed (@st33d): More an attempt to mix Badlands [sic] with the War Z film trailer. The story is the fault of @Mis_BUG [Giuseppe Longo]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 LinkedIn: Giuseppe Longo → Projects: Oodlegobs: I tried to push the graphics in a setting that was reflecting the abstract nature of the concept. The users really enjoyed the both the game and the plot behind it., August 2013, retrieved 2 May 15.
  4. Tweet by John Gavin Polson (@JohnPolson): u mean Badland, without the S, or some other game? http://t.co/E0WltKSet2

    Reply tweet by Aaron Steed (@st33d): yeh [sic], that's the one.
  5. Tweet by Giuseppe Longo (@Mis_BUG): Badlands [sic], War Z trailer and M&M's...
  6. Comment by Nitrome on their Facebook page: Mew/meow like a kind of noise a cat can make. 'Mew'tube is a parody on the word 'you'tube.
    ... You know because people are obsessed with funny cat videos on the internet.
  7. http://jayisgames.com/review/oodlegobs.php

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