Marble Blast Gold

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Marble Blast Gold
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Developer(s)GarageGames
Publisher(s)Monster Studios
Designer(s)GarageGames
EngineTorque Game Engine
Platform(s)Xbox (XBLA)
Windows
Mac OS X
Linux
ReleaseDecember 13, 2002 (Marble Blast)[1]
May 2, 2002 (Marble Blaster)[citation needed]
May 9, 2003 (Marble Blast Gold)[2]
Genre(s)Puzzle-platformer
Mode(s)Single player

Marble Blast Gold is a 2002 3D platform game. It was pre-installed on some Apple Inc. computers like the iMac, iBook, and Mac mini. It is also available for Windows operating systems as well as various Linux distributions. The sequel, Marble Blast Ultra, was released a few years later for the Xbox 360 platform with new features and improved graphics. Marble Blast XP, a version for the Net Jet online game system, has updated graphics and a marble selector. Marble Blast Gold was also ported over to the Microsoft Xbox through the Xbox Live Arcade service the following year with enhanced graphics.

The game was originally released in December 2002 as Marble Blast and then updated in May 2003, being renamed as Marble Blast Gold. At some point during 2003[when?], it was also licensed to eGames to be resold under the name Marble Blaster.[3]

Modifications of the game have also been created by the Marble Blast community, most notably Marble Blast Platinum, Marble Blast Powered Up, and Marble Blast Emerald.

Gameplay[edit]

Basic gameplay involves taking the perspective of an autonomous marble moving on its own from a start pad to an end pad, without falling out of bounds. Levels may contain hazards to make this more difficult. The player controls the marble spin, and therefore movement, and can also make the marble jump. There is a variety of power-ups available to the player, which are collected by touching them with the marble. Some levels must be completed within a Qualification time, to increase difficulty. Each level also has a "Gold Time", an additional challenge to complete the level in a specified time-frame. Each gold time is always possible but usually involves finding hidden powerups and/or taking shortcuts. Some levels require a number of gems to be picked up before the level can be finished. There are 100 levels, categorized by difficulty: 24 Beginner, 24 Intermediate, and 52 Advanced.

Custom levels[edit]

Marble Blast Gold has support for user-created custom levels, which may be shared between users. To date, there are over 1,850 downloadable custom levels for Marble Blast Gold.[4]

Reception[edit]

Marble Blast Gold received critical acclaim from critics upon release.

On GameRankings, Marble Blast Gold received an 8.4/10 rating, "Addictive gameplay and sweet levels lead to some of the best fun that $14.99 can buy".[5] On Gametunnel, the game was rated 9/10 overall, "Marble Blast Gold is another great entry into the marble genre and a showpiece for the Torque engine. Highly recommended!"[6] On GamersInfo, the reviewer noted: "The game can be a lot of fun, especially if you are the type that likes to challenge your hand–eye coordination."[7]

Discontinuation[edit]

On January 31, 2011, GarageGames lost the distribution rights of several of its games, including Marble Blast Gold, to InterActive, Corp. MBG was eventually taken down from other sites as well, such as RealArcade. This also caused the direct sequel, Marble Blast Ultra, to be delisted from Xbox Live Arcade later in 2011. On February 1, 2011, Marble Blast Gold was removed from the GarageGames store and is no longer available for purchase. However, the full game can still be downloaded for free at Marble Blast. Demos for Windows, Mac, and Linux are also still available.[8] The license to the Marble Blast franchise is retained by IAC. It is unknown if the Xbox version is still available; the only known source is a video on YouTube showing the original Xbox Live Arcade with Marble Blast Gold on it. Many fans have reacted negatively towards its discontinuation.[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GarageGames Player Site Launches - Game Spy Daily". Archived from the original on January 16, 2003. Retrieved March 13, 2019.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Marble Blast Goes Gold - GarageGames". Archived from the original on June 3, 2003. Retrieved March 13, 2019.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ http://www.garagegames.com/community/forums/viewthread/11149/1#comment-73350
  4. ^ http://www.marbleblast.com/index.cgi?board=newlevelsboard&action=display&thread=7737
  5. ^ Charlie Sinhaseni. "Marble Blast: Great balls of fun!". Gaming Nexus. Archived from the original on December 5, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  6. ^ Kyle Nau. "Gamepage: Marble Blast Gold". Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  7. ^ Velea Gloriana. "Marble Blast Gold". GamersInfo. Archived from the original on March 18, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  8. ^ https://marbleblast.com/index.php/downloads/mbg
  9. ^ http://www.garagegames.com/community/forums/viewthread/126136
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq7jo1UwLfQ