Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The multiplayer is probably the best part of this game. It combines simple fun and “pick-up-and-playability” very well.
  2. 69
    While Marble Blast Ultra is an entertaining distraction, it's not much more than that. There are plenty of unique physics to how the ball performs on different surfaces and flies through the air, lots of different textures you can apply to the marble with distinctive, appealing effects, and a few cool sound effects, but the game will get old faster than you'd like.
  3. This is a very nice action puzzle game but after completing the 60 levels, there would not be a lot for me to return to except to play on LIVE, which in turn is quite hard to do as you can’t find many human opponents what with so many other good 360 titles available.
  4. This is a great looking arcade game with a very solid feel to the gameplay. It’s appeal is definitely retro in terms of the game’s simplicity, but lends itself to Live multiplayer brilliantly.
  5. A fun game for what it is. Rolling a ball, or marble only can be entertaining for so long. You really need patience and enjoy rolling puzzle games to get into this for the long run.
  6. 70
    A fantastic title for the Xbox Live Arcade because it's easily accessible and a game you can spend hours or minutes on.
  7. Offers a decent challenge, but boring multiplayer a lack of variety drag it down a bit.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    Have you ever felt like you wanted to play something, but you wanted to get away from those first-person shooters and highly-active actionHave 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. Nov 6, 2017
    8
    This is a really fun game, and it disappoints me that it's no longer on the Xbox Live store (at least to my knowledge as of November 2017).This is a really fun game, and it disappoints me that it's no longer on the Xbox Live store (at least to my knowledge as of November 2017). This game provides some great challenges, though some can be a bit frustrating. Most of the levels are fun though. I never got to play the DLC packs, but the main game is good enough. If you have some way to access this game, go for it (unless it's illegal, cause it's not worth the trouble, it's just fun). Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2015
    9
    This one slipped under the radar a little bit. One of the first offerings on the 360's fledgling Xbox Live Arcade service, time has proven itThis one slipped under the radar a little bit. One of the first offerings on the 360's fledgling Xbox Live Arcade service, time has proven it to also be one of the best. Marble Blast Ultra bears more than a passing resemblance to SEGA's classic Super Monkey Ball. The difference is that in this game you control the ball/marble directly rather than tilting the environment.

    The physics are the sturdy foundation upon which the game is built and if that had been its strongest card then maybe it would have been nothing remarkable. Luckily however, some of the level design is profoundly inspired. The "just one more try" feeling of obligation when you fail a level is strong, as is the desire, when successful, to shave a small amount off your best times. As in many great games, there are a number of hidden techniques and tricks which will enable you to do just this. In addition, there is a small selection of inventive powerups which facilitates your voyage through each braintwister of a stage, including the gyrocopter, which enables a brief period of hovering, mega marble, which changes the physical size and weight of your marble, and the gravity modifier, which can change left to up or right to down.

    The puzzle focus of the solo mode is complemented extremely well by the mad dash action of the surprisingly enjoyable multiplayer mode. And fair enough, the music is ridiculous, but it just adds to the charm. Sadly, Marble Blast Ultra can no longer be purchased following the reformation of GarageGames and their loss of the rights to the Marble Blast IP. This is digital distribution.
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