One of my favorite staples of mobile gaming is the bite-sized game type that is also incredibly engaging. I think this is also why a lot of racing games on mobile are harder for me to get into. The amount of time to get into races, the grind to upgrade car parts or vehicles, and the racing itself seems a little flat. Bloop Go!, despite having no vehicles or specific tracks, may be one of my favorite racing games on mobile.
Bloop Go is a bit interesting to try to describe. It is essentially a 2D side-scrolling 4-player online racing game, but you race as small orb characters that squish and bounce in a surprisingly satisfying way. Your character is always rolling forward over the terrain which has rolling hills and slopes. You can tap the screen to jump, touching another surface refreshes this, including other racers, so it allows you to bounce off an opponent even if you both are in the air. Four racers are counted down and you begin a physics-based free-for-all race, so making use of good jumps will help you get ahead, but that isn’t your only method of gaining victory.
All Bloops are not made the same. Every character has three total abilities, but when first unlocked they only have one available to them. You have to win races to unlock tokens which unlock the other abilities. These abilities could be an extra jump, a blob that will slow opponents if it hits them, or even spike balls you can drop behind you that will pop Bloops, causing them to be knocked out of the race for a few moments. In addition to abilities, end-race rewards might also unlock new Bloops that have more unique abilities. This means there is plenty to keep unlocking as you play through these races, so it feels like there is always a close reward for winning just one more race. It’s not just the large progression chain that keeps coming me back.
Bloop Go keeps races quick and rewarding. Races seem to take less than a minute, and the speed to connect into a new one is almost instantaneous. You are dropped in with 4 other characters and shoot towards the finish. After a minute you reach the end, win or lose, and gain stars depending on where you place. First gets 3, second, gets 2, third gets 1, and fourth gets nothing. Landing in fourth a few times, returning no rewards, would get disheartening in other racing games but the restart speed to the next race happens so quickly you are back in the action before you know it and you’ll realize you’ve run through ten races in just the last few minutes. The variety of Bloops, abilities, and the “tracks” keeps things interesting.
The levels in Bloop Go aren’t traditional tracks, but each has a theme and is randomly generated from pre-built parts that you will start to recognize. There are also randomly placed boost pads that can help you get ahead, and in later levels, you also find enemies and hazards that might pop your Bloop and take you out of the race for a few seconds. The new tracks unlock after enough stars are collected in total so it adds in another level of progression and difficulty that comes in when things could be getting a little stale. It’s the constant feeling of freshness that keeps me coming back more and more.
The one thing I can bring up as a complaint is that Bloop Go, if you actually want to unlock much with any sort of pace, is not free. There is an in-app purchase that removes ads, which costs about $5, and after you reach a certain point the end-match rewards you earn periodically become locked behind ad-watching or the premium currency which you only get gifted do you every so often. I would more label this game as free-to-try, but I highly recommend getting the $5 bundle. It gives you enough currency, and rewards to justify the price, and means you will actually unlock stuff at a satisfying pace. Also, the game is entirely worth it. I’ve been playing in my spare time since I downloaded it and it’s always fun to return to, even if I only have time for a race or two.
If you’re looking for a great game to fill a few minutes here and there or even something to sit and play for an extended period, I would recommend picking this up for free and trying it out. The races are fun and frantic and the abilities keep things unique and interesting.
Lots to unlock
No custom race options
No way to connect with specific people
Hard progression wall unless one-time VIP purchase