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  • Summary: Smash your way through nearly 50 fun locations, featuring pirates, sharks and castles filled with noble knights and courtly ladies. Challenge a friend to see who can clear the area first, or work together to finish in record time. Power up with over 24 unique upgrades to your game paddle. Supports in-game live voice communications, and 12 wacky trophies for maximum ball-bashing fun. [Creat Studio] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Magic Ball is a great PSN game, with a bright and vibrant look, an endearing sense of character and some wholly addictive, if rather derivative, gameplay.
  2. If you’re a fan of games like Breakout and Arkanoid, Magic Ball brings a refreshing new approach to that genre that most developers have avoided until this point.
  3. Magic Ball isn’t quite as innovative as other PSN games out there and it certainly won’t test your brain, but it’s a decent downloadable title that may deserve your attention.
  4. With only two themes you'll soon grow tired of blasting knights and pirates, and the two-player modes will only be of interest to a small number of people. Most definitely worth a look, but not quite up there with the best available on the PSN.
  5. A fun, simple and at times compulsive game which is worth a look if you’re a fan of the classic Breakout.
  6. The actual game play is practically bullet proof, as one would expect. It’s the lack of themes or even additional modes that holds back Magic Orbz from being a must have purchase.
  7. All together, I found Magic Ball to be pretty bland, and to top things off the game tells you that it's to be continued, with spots already reserved for additional episodes, obviously meaning that there's some DLC down the road.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jan 26, 2009
    9
    I really enjoyed this game a lot. It's a lot of fun to play by yourself, or with someone else. It's one of the few games I can enjoy and that I can also enjoy with my 6 year old. The only reason I took a point off was because this is EXACTLY the type of game that should have custom soundtracks enabled. I could see myself sinking a lot more time into this if I could listen to what I wanted. It's especially odd given the the throw away music in this game. Another plus is that the trophies are all fairly easy and fun to get. You can get them all in probably less than 5 hours or so, and less if you're just into getting the trophies and look at a trophy guide before playing. I played through the game once before looking at a guide, then I checked out a guide and got the rest and it took me roughly 5 hours. There's plenty of replay there too, but there would have been a lot more if it had custom soundtracks enabled. Expand
  2. JedB
    Feb 4, 2009
    8
    This game is actually really fun to play. It can be played casually, and becomes quite challenging in the later levels. The inclusion of co-op online or offline is a sweet touch. It's the best Arkanoid-like game I've ever played. It improves on the original in many ways, has interesting 3d environments, clever level design, and allows for multiple power-ups/effects at once, so that an elongated "paddle" does not undo a missile launcher, or a spikey ball. Expand
  3. SteveN
    Apr 27, 2009
    8
    Magic Ball is actually a lot of fun to play, especially in co-op mode. In fact, it's one of the only games my fiancé and I have played through together (she doesn't normally play many games). I like that this game uses a physics-based engine to make things more exciting, but at times that does make it very hard to predict where the ball is going to bounce. The 'sets' that you look at are also very cool, but occasionally objects will obstruct your view. That said, we managed to beat every level (and just got the 'witches' themed expansion) without having to retry that many of them. It was well worth getting. Expand
  4. Dec 18, 2013
    7
    It's a nice looking brick breaking game in 3D graphics. I enjoyed just looking at this game. I liked the fact that there was a 2 player co-op (or competitive) as well. Expand