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Marble Blast Ultra - Xbox Live Arcade review

This just in: marble madness is still fun


  • Super detailed textures
  • Plenty of different game modes
  • White-knuckle multiplayer


  • Wonky marble bounciness
  • Unfortunate multiplayer lag
  • Falling to your death

In the long history of video games, the act of frantically rolling balls around multileveled tangles of track has a proven appeal. From Marble Madness to Super Monkey Ball, navigating your orb through a ridiculous obstacle course in record time is the pinnacle of arcade satisfaction. Marble Blast Ultra is the high definition realization of this time-honored concept.

A decent single-player game, MBU presents a challenging 60-level campaign to test your stick-twiddling thumbs. Rolling your marble through the tutorials will give you all the knowledge you need to master a wide variety of special maneuvers. Super-jump, super-speed, mega-marble (beefs your marble up to super-size) and the game's namesake marble blast (an explosion you can trigger to boost your jump or devastate other rollers) deliver enough of a twist on the old-school roll-around game to keep you interested.

More Info

DescriptionRoll your ass around 60 thumb-crushing levels or jump online to go ball to ball with up to seven other marble madmen.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date25 January 2006 (US), 25 January 2006 (UK)
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