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: 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: Magic Ball reprend le concept intemporel du casse-briques, sans en bouleverser le gameplay mais en l'enrobant dans un habillage alléchant. De quoi séduire aussi bien les vieux briscards nostalgiques du genre que les néophytes.