App Review: Manic Marble by Rich Olson
Manic Marble by Rich Olson is a great game with extremely good controls. This game has a unique interactive menu. The menu is laid out just like a short level. On some parts of the menu there are spinning blocks. Each of these blocks represents one of the six levels. You can choose which level you want to play by running into it with the marble you are controlling.
In the game, you are controlling a multicolored marble. What you need to do is guide it through a series of obstacles such as jumps, spinning objects, and barricades. To beat a level you need to get to the end of the course in less time than the “Par” time limit. If you do not complete the level in less than that time, the next level will remain locked until you complete it.
Each of the six levels has a unique design. Some of these are: sand, the moon, and wooden layouts. Others include brick, pebbles, and rock. The controls are very intuitive and use the accelerometer. Simply turn your iPhone/iPod the direction you want the marble to go. If the controls don’t feel right the first time, you can calibrate them to what you like. There is a small warning on the iTunes listing that some players report feeling motion sickness when playing this game. It did not bother me at all.
This is a well made game with great physics and controls that is a lot of fun to play.
Manic Marble is available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99.
Developer Website: www.spambutcher.com/manicmarble