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Blobbers are a type of RPG with a first person view where you control a party that is all together on one square tile with each step moving the party to another square. Most blobbers take place in dungeons as they consist of exploring large mazes and labyrinths, but some titles also incorporate exploring outside worlds. The genre started out as turn based with games such as Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale and Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum, but the release of Dungeon Master introduced real-time combat to the genre and games like Eye of the Beholder and Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos followed suit.

Blobbers were the most popular type of computer RPGs throughout the 80s and a good portion of the 90s. While most blobbers came from American developers, the success of the Wizardry franchise in Japan resulted in some games for consoles like Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei [NES] [デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生] and Shining in the Darkness [シャイニング&ザ・ダクネス]. The blobber genre mostly died out at the end of the 90s with the success of Baldur's Gate, Diablo II and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind that brought in a new era of computer RPGs. The indie boom of the early 2010s brought some new life to the genre with the release of Legend of Grimrock and many other indie blobbers followed after.
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  • 3D dungeon rpg
  • dungeon rpg
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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl [新・世界樹の迷宮 ミレニアムの少女]
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