Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. This game's a great mix of action and problem-solving.
  2. This title brings back all the memories of Marble Madness but with countless alterations and improvements.
  3. Visually the game is very crisp, clean, and quite frankly the best-looking Live Arcade title we have seen yet.
  4. I love this game. It's one of those games that when you just don't want to play anything else, or your tired of the racing and sports games, this is something you can turn to that is fun yet challenging. And playing online is a blast.
  5. An absolutely incredible value. For just ten dollars you get sixty stages of marble rolling fun, plus a full Xbox Live multiplayer mode playable with up to eight players. The graphics are outstanding, the soundtrack is good. Everything controls exceedingly well, and the controls are solid.
  6. An excellent "Marble Madness" clone. It is all about skill. A few more levels and multiplayer modes would not have hurt, though. [Mar 2006]
  7. At 800 Microsoft points (about $10 USD), Marble Blast Ultra is a solid game with some refreshing gameplay ideas for those who have grown weary from this years recycled arcade titles.
  8. Part puzzle game, part platformer, and part competitive multiplayer action title, Marble Blast Ultra is a good value for players wanting a quick dosage of fun without getting tied up into a marathon gaming session.
  9. This title brings back all the memories of Marble Madness, but with countless alterations and improvements. There are a few things I wish could be improved, such as the camera and music, but these shouldn’t prevent you from spending the $10 for all the content this game provides.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    Have you ever felt like you wanted to play something, but you wanted to get away from those first-person shooters and highly-active action games? Well fear not, because this is what this game is like. Its for when you want to just chill out and have fun with a game that is challenging and chill. You'll have a blast on this game, with it's single player levels and fun and competitive on-line matches, this game is addictive. It is definitely a fun game, and I highly recommend it to recreational gamers. Full Review »
  2. Rem
    Oct 6, 2014
    Marble Blast Ultra has 60 levels for you to master and best the time, and it surely does give you a good time. The marble physics are fun and well implemented into the game which throws in its own neat mechanics such as gravity modifiers and powerups, however this does not push the game's longevity. It was fun while it lasted, but there wasn't much incentive to return back. Full Review »
  3. Apr 16, 2014
    Marble Blast Ultra, with a wonderful shader engine, great gameplay mechanics, fun and creative levels, enjoyable multiplayer, and more, packs a punch and can be called one of the best XBL Arcade games out there. Sixty levels of different difficulties to choose from and a great multiplayer make this an experience that will last for months. Though, it's not going to last TOO long for you. I've played all of this game through and have more than 50 hours in the multiplayer, and this is definitely a great game. A lot of memories were put into my head from playing this when I was younger, and you can have the same fun too for just $10. Full Review »