Conclusion: For all its charming visual glory and fast-paced action, Magic Ball also provides repeating level designs and a monotous formula that will test your patience all too often. It’s ironic that a game based around the bouncing of a ball can sling back and forth between excellence and mediocrity so quickly, as it fails to become an essential purchase for PlayStation owners.
Excerpt: There can't be many things more simple than using a paddle to hit a ball into bricks, in video game form. Chances are, if you were born before the 90s or have played some games on a mobile phone, that you'll have played Breakout or one of its many clones. For some reason the act of breaking bricks by hitting them with a moving ball, rebounding off a movable paddle at the bottom of the screen is addictive in a way that doesn't seem possible.
Excerpt: The concept is one of the oldest in video gaming: move a paddle to bounce a ball around, a ball that destroys each block it hits. It’s been done many times before, probably most famously by Arkanoid, so when a new implementation of it comes out it must somehow set itself apart. Magic Ball is certainly a new take on the formula with its 3D destructible stages, and it’s an enjoyable one at that.
Excerpt: Often, the very simplest ideas make for the most enduring videogames. Take the likes of Tetris or Peggle ; supremely simplistic concepts executed to near-perfection that have effortlessly stood the test of time in the years after their release. Another such example might be Atari’s quiet classic Breakout , which first appeared in the ’70s, but the concept has been reworked time and time again over the years.
Conclusion: Magic Ball is fun enough while it lasts, but it'll only last you a weekend or so at most. That's still reasonable for $10, but some may want to hold off until it comes down in price before getting their feet wet.
Excerpt: Some classic games have trouble translating into 3D. Time and time again we have seen developers taking a classic game and trying to reinvent it for the modern gamer. Of course while most aren't failures they haven't been as good as the originals. This is where Magic Ball comes in. Magic Ball is a game that takes the traditional breakout or block-breaking genre and shows that it can be taken from a 2D plain and evolved to take on 3D.
Conclusion: Non, le casse-briques n'est pas mort ! On en avait déjà eu une belle preuve sur DS avec Nervous Brickdown, en voilà une nouvelle démonstration sur PS3. Avec Magic Ball, Creat Studios et TikGames réussissent leur pari, celui de créer un casse-briques à la fois beau et fun, qui ravira petits et grands autour d'un concept simple mais jouissif. On en redemande.