Excerpt: I can be a rather finicky person when it comes to porting games from one system to another. In this case however I think the port of Marble Blast Gold from the PC to the Xbox 360 was a spectacular move by Garage Games. Players can download this fun little puzzle game for a few dollars, and it cuts back on all of the problems with stock and retailers. A lot of the middle men are taken out, which equates to a savings to us gamers.
Conclusion: Pros: Challenging Puzzles 60 Levels Fun Multiplayer Cons: Nearly impossible and frustrating final level, which feels rewarding to complete Costly DLC, which I guess is made up for by the game's low cost Recommendations: Patience, a couple of hours, and a brain for puzzles Recap: Gameplay ( 9 / 10 ) Graphics ( 8 / 10 ) Sound ( 7 / 10 ) Replayability ( 9 / 10 ) Overall ( 8.25 / 10 ) If you love puzzle games, and games like Super Monkey Ball or anything similar, you'll like...
Excerpt: It’s the simple things in life which make you smile the most, a picnic with the family on a Sunday afternoon, a few beers with the lads watching the football or even stopping to help the elderly pick up their shopping. Back in the 50’s when life was simple, there was no Oblivion , no Halo and not even a computer in sight, and instead children went to the park and kicked a football, swung on a swing and played marbles in the playground.
Excerpt: Coming up to the launch of the Xbox 360, I had seen a video of a new marble game coming to the XBLA. The game looked pretty cool, and it even featured online multiplayer. I have played this game quite a bit, and it one of the best currently available on the XBLA. The game involves two different modes, single player and multiplayer. This game is one of the most unique titles available on the XBLA, and can be a challenging yet fun game.
Excerpt: If you needed further proof that the Xbox Live Arcade is something else that Microsoft has done right with the Xbox 360, look no further than adding Marble Blast Ultra to your arcade list. Developed by Garage Games, Marble Blast has been available online in multiple forms for quite some time, but never has it looked this good.
Excerpt: Marble Blast Ulra is one of the first games developed for the new XBox Live Arcade on the XBox 360, and brings to mind nearly everything that was great about the golden era of shareware games, from try before you buy downloadable distribution models (which we like very much) to fun, simple gameplay based on equal parts thought and reflex. Bask in the future-past gaming enjoyment that is Marble Blast Ultra. Tristan has the review right here.
Pros: ups: Fun to play, extensive single player mode, fast and enjoyable online multiplayer.
Cons: downs: Multiplayer needs more modes, no deathmatch.
Excerpt: Developed by Garage Games, Marble Blast Ultra rolls out a series of extensive single player challenges and an increasingly addicting multiplayer game. Similar to the classic Marble Madness, the single player challenges will test your marble spinning skills around a tight course. At the opening of the game, the simple menu system appears and a crescendo of electronica music rises to raise the tempo in preparation of what's ahead.
Conclusion: This is a great looking arcade game with a very solid feel to the gameplay. It’s appeal is definitely retro in terms of the game’s simplicity, but lends itself to Live multiplayer brilliantly.