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Marble Blast Ultra (Xbox 360)

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Manufacturer: Garage Games / Genre: Racing / Release Date: 2006

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      26.01.2010 01:56
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      If you like marbles, this is definitely worth getting - after all, its so cheap and offers so much!

      Marble Blast Ultra is an arcade title for the Xbox 360, currently priced at 400MSP (a little over £3.00). The aim of the game is to navigate your marble to the end of a level. On the way you will encounter gravity manipulators, moving platforms, icy surfaces etc. You will also encounter bonuses, which make playing easier, e.g. super jumps and speed boosts.

      Overall, the single player is quite long (60 levels in all) and will take quite some time to complete, as each level is laden with more traps than the one preceding it. There are three different difficulty levels (ascending): beginner, intermediate and advanced. I found intermediate doable on the first 30 levels or so, but it starts getting much harder when you attempt the higher levels.

      The multiplayer isn't bad either, with up to 8 players and leader boards. Online matches are quite different from single player; the aim here is to collect gems in return for points, whilst collecting power ups and battling it out with others. Overall I prefer the single player because I've found the levels far more interesting.

      Graphically the game is well presented, and the marbles themselves look very polished. Unfortunately the sound I found was pretty rubbish (mostly electronic, techno stuff) and I didn't really care for it much.

      Another thing to bear in mind is that you don't have to unlock the harder levels - they're all there for you to play as soon as you buy the game. I liked this because it means if you get stuck on one level, you can still continue to attempt the next. For a little over £3.00 you really can't go wrong, as long as you like marbles and have your own tracks to listen do whilst playing, you won't be disappointed by this game.

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      14.09.2009 17:50
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      A good game

      Marble Blast Ultra is a puzzle game for the Xbox 360 and is developed and published by Garage Games. This is an arcade game and therefore you buy it with Microsoft points and this game now costs only 400 points which is really cheap and about £3.20!

      The objective of the game is to control a marble and you have to get to the end point in a set amount of time and then unlock a new level and you continue like this through the game but the levels get harder and harder and sometimes you have to collect other things to pass the level. Some obstacles include moving platforms, gravity changers and you also get some power ups to help you and my favourite is mega marble which makes you a massive marble temporarily.

      There are 3 difficulty levels, hard, intermediate or beginner. There are 60 different levels some harder than others to complete and some fun to be had on the way!

      You can also play online but it is less fun and I prefer the single player campaign. Online you have to try and collect gems quicker than the other players.

      The controls are good and are quite accurate so you cannot blame them if you fall off the egde or are not quick enough!

      This is a fun little game which is very cheap and well worth downloading due to its unique fun and price. I have never seen or played a marble game before in my life but apparently there are a couple but in my opinion this is the best one as I have never played any others!

      Overall this is a good game and it comes with a very reasonable price tag making it worth buying!

      This review may appear on other websites under the names ns1209 or mariofan123.

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      09.08.2009 12:15
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      Great puzzle game.

      Marble Blast Ultra is a puzzle game which is available from the Xbox 360 Arcade developed by Garage Games.

      The premise of the game here is very simple, you control a marble and must make your way to the goal in a level under the par time to pass it and unlock the next level to progress in the game.

      There are three levels of difficulty to pick from, beginner, intermediate and expert. The game lets you into the world of Marble Blast quite gently but the difficulty soon will increase.

      The levels are varied and alot of fun to play, trying to get your marble to the finish will soon become more difficult as you will have to avoid pitfalls, slip around on ice, perform jumps, go up elevators, collect items and mess with gravity all in the name of getting to the finish on time!

      The marble controls are tight and accurate and if you fail a level it's only going to be your fault, the game also has an addictive one more go feel so a quick 10 minute play session can end up being a couple of hours!

      To aid you on your way you can get some powerups, from super jumps which let you jump great heights, gyro copter which lets you glide over big spaces for a short period of time, mega marble which is one of my favourites turns you into a giant marble!

      The game also includes a vs multiplayer mode and is playable on Xbox Live, here you must collect gems quicker than your opponents to win the game. It gets dull after a few rounds but there are still people playing it even today!

      You can pick this up off the Xbox Arcade for 400 Microsoft Points which is works out at around £3.60.

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        04.08.2009 12:47
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        Rock and Roll (Literally)

        Sometimes a game comes along that is so simple and easy to play that you forget time and spend an entire day doing the same thing over and over without becoming enraged as you would with any other game.

        This is marble blast, and it will eat away your life...

        The idea of marble blast is simple, you control a marble and are tasked with getting from point A to point B in as smaller time as possible. This is made harder as the game goes on by obstacles such as icey ground, moving platforms, wind machines and later on having to collect a certain number of 'gems' dotted around the level before reaching the exit.

        Simple see?

        The marble moves as a real marble would, it is affected by real world physics and therefore will bounce, loses grip on ice and can be curved, spun etc in it's pursuit of the goal. You can also use powerups, giving your marble a speed boost, increase in size, super jump or helicopter power.

        The action takes place across 60 single player levels, these are divided into 3 sets of 20 levels with the desciptions Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels respectively.

        The game also has a multiplayer mode, where you and up to 8 players scrabble around the same arena to collect gems before others. There are three types of gems in the multiplayer games; red, yellow and blue. Red gems are worth one point, yellow gems are worth two and blue gems are worth five with the blues and yellows usually harder to reach. The player with the most points at the end of a 6 minute game wins. this takes place over 10 different levels (although more have been released as downloadable content since) and although there is only the one game mode of collecting gems. The action is always fast, fun and frantic.

        Graphically the game looks great, although there isnt much action the reflections of the marble (which you can change in the options to around 30 different designs) and the levels all look crystal clear and you can always see where your jumps / moves will land.

        The music is soothing and enjoyable although I will often put my own music on instead of this as it can become repetitive after a while.

        The controls are simple, the left stick moves your marble around while the right controls the camera, A button allows you to do a tiny jump, while a rechargable meter builds up a secondary jump you can achieve by tapping the RB button at the height of your first jump, the right trigger controls any power ups you want to use, and these are shown after being picked up on the screen and can be saved for when it is best suited.

        The achievements for the game are fun to get, with this being an arcade game there are fewer than a normal retail game as the xbox conditions state that arcade games can only have 200 gamerscore points to achieve (although with downloadable content that number can go up slightly, I believe marble blast now has 250 to earn) The achievements come from finishing all the levels, and then another can be earned for finishing them under the given 'par time' this is where my only upset with the game creeps in, this can be amazingly frustrating as you miss the par time by seconds however if you persevere you will get there and the feeling of completeing a level under par time is amazing so it is a sort of love hate relationship!

        Ther other achievements come from collecting gems or beating other players in multiplayer or for finding the hidden easter eggs dotted throughout the single player levels, these add another reason to play to the game and were frustratingly enjoyable to find.

        Overall this game is now only 400 points (which works out as £3.40 although you will probably have to buy a 500 point block costing you £4.25) on the xbox live arcade which is phenomenal value for one of the most downloaded games in xbox live's history, No one I have showed it to has stopped playing after "one quick go" and me and my girlfriend still play it when we have time to kill in order to get just one more level under par time (although we always get too stuck into it and end up late!)

        If you are still curious about the game, I found a free pc port of it at http://www.instantaction.com I think it is the second game, however this was through research, I do not know the site well, only that it hosts the game.

        Enjoy!

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        09.12.2008 18:35
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        It's an essential buy.

        Marble Blast Ultra is one of the oldest and most popular downloadable Arcade titles available on Xbox 360, and is now available for a mere 400 points (just over £3). Based on the Mac game Marble Blast Gold, Ultra puts you in control of a marble and asks you to navigate your way through levels of twisty-turvy, roly-poly levels. Think Marble Madness crossed with Super Monkey Ball and you've pretty much got the concept.

        After you've selected your favourite marble design, you're off. There are three collections of levels available - Easy, Intermediate and Advanced - each one offering 20 seperate challenges. The objectives of each level vary; sometimes you will be asked to collect red gems that are scattered around the level, other times you will need to use your power-ups to reach hidden or difficult places, and sometimes it's just a battle for survival.

        The difficulty lies in driving your marble around the level while fighting off obstacles and the laws of physics. Gravity of course has a habit of getting in your way, as does speed and momentum. If you're careful, you can avoid the edges, the fans, the icey slopes and the things that just want to hit you because they feel like it, and make it to the exit (under par time, if you're feeling especially flash).

        As mentioned above, there are power-ups to assist you. Your marble can jump, and there are various extras that can enhance the strength of its leap. The Gyrocopter even lets you fly briefly. The more fun power-ups are the Mega Marble (which beef you up into a wrecking ball), the Speed Boost (which speaks for itself) and the Gravity Modifiers, which can help or hinder you depending on how they are used.

        The first set of levels should be no problem and you'll wrap them up in a half-hour or so. The Intermediate levels can be tricky, and the Advanced ones will keep you working for quite some time. Personally, I've only got three left to go, but they give me nightmares.

        Pleasantly, Marble Blast Ultra also offers a decent multiplayer game. Bringing with it a whole new set of maps, you and some friends (or enemies) can go up against each other in a race for points. With four minutes to a game, your job is to collect as many gems as you can as they spawn around the arena. Red gems are worth 1 point, Yellow gems 2, and Blue gems are 5. It's good fun to go up against randomers online, as they can come and go into games as they please, and there are some fun glitches to exploit if you've got the patience for them (look into the Snowman trick!). I've played a fair few games online and haven't encountered anyone particularly tragic or nasty, but there are some lunatics who enjoy the game a little too much and end up screaming about it.

        Achievements are reasonably easy to earn for a puzzle game and come naturally as you play. There's loads to do, both offline and on, so you'll really get your 400 points worth. Graphics and sounds are both warm and attractive - the graphics maintaining a simple, yet artistic and vaguely futuristic shine, and the sounds are minimal but include decent voiceovers and some pretty music. The controls are natural too, even though it seems there are too many buttons at first. Personally, I think everyone on Xbox Live should have a copy of this game.

        (This review has also been posted on Ciao.co.uk under the same user name)

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          05.12.2008 21:52
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          one great game

          Marble Blast ultra is an amazing game I would pay 800 Microsoft points for it any day. There are different obstacles to dodge on levels. There are 3 difficulties easy intermediate and advanced they all have 20 levels each. The graphics are really not that good but after all it is an arcade game and also it is a marble game. On the difficulty advanced there are a few hard levels.
          There are power ups like super jump, gyro copter, mega marble, ultra blast and super speed I will give you some more information about the power ups.

          Super jumps allows you to jump higher than normal
          Gyro Copter which allows you to fly
          Mega Marble which allows you to make your marble bigger
          Ultra blast gives you an extra boast and is useful on online play when trying to knock someone off the edge
          Super speed which gives you a boost what will help you get up bug ramps
          It has online play which will allow you to play with friends.
          If you are stuck on a level I am sure you can find a video to help you complete it.

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          10.11.2008 17:43
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          Great game for everyone

          Marble blast ultra is it really worth 800 points (£6.80)
          Marble blast ultra is yes you guest it a marble game where you roll around as a marble avoiding various obstacles and collecting gems on some of the levels.
          Graphics well graphics aren't great but then it's a marble game.
          It has great online capabilities where you compete against friends trying to collect as many gems as possible against the clock
          On single player their is 60 levels with 3 different skill levels
          Beginner intermediate advanced each with 20 levels
          On the last section there are a few hard levels but one impossible level and if you look at you tube you'll see what sad people do with their lives believe me you will be surprised
          There is power ups like super jump, ultra blast, mega marble, gyro copter, super speed.
          More info about the power ups:
          Super jump: lets you reach high places
          Ultra blast: gives you an extra boast and is useful on online play when trying to knock someone off the edge
          Mega marble: super sizes you're marble
          Gyro copter: gives you rotary blades which helps you get across to far away platforms
          Super speed: gives you a burst of energy which helps you get up big ramps
          There is also gravity modifiers which let you travel up different walls like spider man
          This game is great and yes is worth those 800 points
          if your looking for good and sometimes hard fun then this would be the game for you the only thing is you need online at the moment to download it
          Or you can wait for the next Xbox live arcade unplugged volume to come out.

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