Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic 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. 75
    Magic Ball is a streamlined, simple game that's fun to play. There aren't many frills, there's no story to speak of, and it's not incredibly long, but if you feel like a good brick-braking game, purchasing this title should be an easy decision.
  5. Magic Ball is fun enough while it lasts, but it'll only last you a weekend or so at most.
  6. While the 3D facelift is nice and the stages are extremely cute, the lack of level variety and short gameplay may have you forgetting about it in the long run.
  7. A fun, simple and at times compulsive game which is worth a look if you’re a fan of the classic Breakout.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Magic Ball is a charming title that will appeal to a much wider range of gamers than most PSN downloads. It’s a little short, but younger gamers will appreciate the smooth learning curve and the two online modes will provide a little extra life, especially as they come complete with leaderboards.
  11. Magic Ball's short-lived thrills are anything but magical, but they make for a decent distraction.
  12. It loses whatever grip it has on your attention too quickly. [Mar 2009, p.103]
  13. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  2. SteveN
    Apr 27, 2009
    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. Full Review »
  3. JedB
    Feb 4, 2009
    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. Full Review »