superezekiel's Marble Blast Ultra (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

  • Score:
  • superezekiel wrote this review on .
  • 2 out of 2 Giant Bomb users found it helpful.

Most underrated title on the XBLA to date.

Marble Blast Ultra was basically a launch title for the 360 and one of the first XBLA titles that was poured over by the millions of users jumping on the 360 launch train, and those wondering about the system alike.

Today, I hear people tell others to avoid this title and to buy Geometry Wars instead. To buy Uno instead. To buy some other game instead. Yet every time I hear this, I wonder why it's being said.

Marble Blast Ultra is a little easier to imagine if I put it this way: you're a marble. You roll around with realistic properties in a world with realistic physics. Your purpose in this game is to achieve the goal of reaching the end portal of a level, which is just a column of light shooting out of the ground. But some levels require you do to gather up red crystals laying around the level in order to make the column of light appear.

Now it sounds simple and fun and boring and dumb and ohh "look at me, im a marble, i roll this is dumb".

NO.

NO. YOU'RE INTENSELY WRONG.

Some of these puzzles will destroy you, others will amaze you, but most of all, they'll all be extremely fun. You'll be doing loop-de-loops, shooting off from inexplicably floating platform to inexplicably floating platform at extreme speeds, you'll be gathering power-ups that change your size and give you rocket boosts in whichever direction you're moving, all just to finish the simple goal of passing through the obstacles to get to the end of the level.

Which when you're given power-ups, realistic physics, online-play (it's a lot more fun rolling around as marbles with friends when you're shooting around with rocket power ups at 900 mph than it sounds.) and tons of interesting puzzles, the only disappointing part of the game is how few people have played it.

If you like puzzles, and you like meta-gaming for that perfect level time, then there's no reason you shouldn't own this game other than not owning a 360.

Which there's also no reason for.

1 Comments
Posted by superezekiel

Hoo boy, this is a horrendously written pile of garbage.

But my point still stands, this game is FANTASTIC and needs a proper XBLA and PSN sequel. I miss me some Marble Blastin'.

Other reviews for Marble Blast Ultra (Xbox 360 Games Store)

    One of the most surprisingly fun and frantic Live experiences 0

    People come to Marble Blast Ultra because they want a good marble labyrinth game, right? It is XBLA's original answer to Marble Madness or Super Monkey Ball. MBU certainly delivers a satisfying amount of well designed proto-platformer courses to swiftly navigate against the clock. Leaderboards and achievements successfully push the incentive for practice and perfection, and hours will be milked testing your patience, ability, and luck against the harder stages. However, long after the thr...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

    you are the ball 0

    garagegames inc have done it again with the ultra edition of their unadalterated hitmaker, mb. with mbu, garagegames are off the chain with a precision assault into a previously unmined section of the gaming landscape. garagegames are in the grill, showing their confidence in the application of their many and varied minstrations, and arent afraid top apply the byproducts of their man-years of experience. garagegames show off their experience in more ways than one, and it really shows in this glo...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.