Reviews and Problems with Marbles! Balance Challenge
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Nice replacement for Wii Fit games
14 August 2010
Summary: This game is a nice choice for balance training. I think it'd be fun for parties. But I expected it to be more exciting. Levels that require Balance board are additional and not in the main gameline. Mainly you use Wii Remote to play. Anyway it is good as the balance game though not really difficult (at least first 20 balance levels). Wouldn't recommend it if you're not going to use Balance board at all.
Summary: This is a fun game to play, and as it's compatible with the Wii Fit Balance Board it can improve balance and fitness as you roll a ball around a range of obstacle course. Many levels can be played with an ordinary Nintendo Wii Controller but, to get the best, you do need the Wii Fit Balance Board Some of the most challenging levels include "anti-gravity" areas where all the normal directions are reversed e.g. lean left to make the ball go right. Fun for all ages.
Conclusion: I must admit that I'm fussy about video games - I prefer problem solving puzzle games to any other kind, and they're few and far between for Wii. This game has everything: it requires strategy and thought, problem solving skills, has excellent graphics and shows the designers had a lots of creative licence (and a collective sense of humour). The balance board version is great exercise - 30 mins of Marbles! and you feel like you've had a good work out.
Summary: I bought the Kororinpa a few weeks ago and loved it so when i heard this was the follow up i bought it straight away! BUT it isn't as good at all; its too easy, the balls are so much slower than the first and the circuits aren't as imaginative and as good graphics as the first!
Summary: It is my wife who has actually played this and completed all levels, easy, medium and hard using the hand control and about half of those on the Wii board. She thinks this is fantastic. Starts of nice and easy and gets very fiendish. It has taken her about 6 weeks so far, but as she had broken her left arm she had plenty of time to play. The graphics are fun and colourful, don't expect PS3 type graphics. But that (in my view) is one of the endearing features of the Wii.
Summary: I've only played the first 30 levels in the main game with the wiimote, so may add to this review in the future when I've played more of the game. I've also completed the first 30 (out of 100) levels on the balance board and I must say I found them a bit easy. Most can be completed first time. I prefer levels with a degree of difficulty means I fail a few times before mastering the required skills to complete them, though maybe that will change as I progress further.
Summary: This game is fab. I've had it a few months now, and every one that has played it, wants it! Even my two year old enjoys playing this with his nine year old sister. Great family fun. Play with or without people, and the balance challenges are quite different to the remote ones.
Summary: It's a disappointment to find that they have re-programmed the control sensitivity for this version, when contrasted to Kororinpa. I prefer the fact that in Kororinpa you can get moving initially quicker and speed up and immediately slow down with skill. However, in this version if you go too fast, you lose control and can't regain control, and it takes a while to get going (relatively). Also, it is much more gimicky to get to the bits you want (through menus etc).
Summary: If you like puzzle type games, then you are bound to enjoy this. For most of you who dont know, this is the follow up to Kororinpa, which was initially due to be titled, "kororinpa 2" but got changed sometime along the way. Game Play in Marbles Balance Challange is very similar to the original game in that you have to collect crystals and make your way to the goal to progress to the next level.