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Magnetica Twist - WiiWare review

Retro goodness shaken up on Wii


  • Serious aural pleasure
  • Cannon-propelled marbles
  • Polished puzzle mechanics


  • Lack of Wi-Fi
  • Not super deep
  • Making the wrong shot

Download Magntetica Twist (known as Actionloop Twist in the UK), even if it%26rsquo;s only to experience the awesome ball-clack noise. For less ardent audiophiles, there%26rsquo;s also a polished puzzler here as well. The premise? Your Mii is plopped into a rotating cannon %26ndash; twisted by turning the remote %26ndash; that fires coloured marbles. Around your cannon a track of balls snake towards The Hole of Bad Things (our name). Chain like-coloured balls with a well-aimed marble and they vanish. It%26rsquo;s old as the hills. Well, if your hills date back to 1998 when developer Mitchell released Puzz Loop, anyway.

Basic survival evolves into a hunt for chain reactions as further balls slam together to fill the gaps. Conceptually, it%26rsquo;s simple stuff, but it%26rsquo;s the physicality of the final product that brings it all together. Fat and heavy, the marbles aren%26rsquo;t merely functional icons. They handle exactly like the substantial parts of a mechanical contraption you%26rsquo;re trying to fend off. The variety of ways Mitchell repackages the core game impresses. Quick Play%26rsquo;s a pleasant time-waster, Challenge is an endurance run of increasingly awkward ball streams and Quest offers missions with specific criteria for completion. Enlist three friends and you can tackle a bevy of co-operative and battle scenarios sure to turn the air blue with marble-inspired cursing. Lack of Wi-Fi additions aside, it%26rsquo;s the polished Dr. Mario approach to WiiWare all over again %26ndash; only this time built on a great puzzler.

Jul 8, 2008

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DescriptionA meaty WiiWare puzzler full of satisfying marble-slamming gameplay, multiple modes and polished puzzle design.
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date:30 June 2008 (US), 6 June 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
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