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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Marble Blast Ultra is the latest in the classic Marble Blast series. Suitable for players of any age, Marble Blast Ultra transports you to a futuristic 'astrolab' arena suspended high in the clouds. Compete against each other by navigating your marbles through moving platforms and dangerous hazards, while collecting rare gems and power-up enhancements, in an effort to complete each course in record time. Compete head to head in Xbox Live ultra blast multiplayer mode. [] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
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  1. This game's a great mix of action and problem-solving.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It has plenty of replay value in terms of getting higher scores on the leaderboards and acquiring achievements, plus the multiplayer adds some additional game time.
  5. The real pay-off of Marble Blast Ultra is in the swear-inspiring multiplayer.
  6. Be careful though, rolling the marble is so addictive that 30 minutes will go by before you know it!
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Daz
    Feb 26, 2006
    I wondered whethe to spend my first microsoft points on this game and now i've played it for ages i'm glad i did. The 60 levels are divided into 3 groups of 20. the first are easy and require only a few 'second attempts'. the second intermediate set are tougher but except for a few of them they didn't cause me any particular headaches. The third set, which i have just started are distinctly harder and take about 10 to 15 mins to go through each one. How you are supposed to do these in par times of 1 min 20 secs i've no idea. On top of the regular single player game there is the option to try to find 20 hidden eggs scattered about through the levels. Currently i've found 17 of these with the help of a guide from the internet. I did enjoy the challenge of getting them though. The multiplayer is acceptable and i have played it for only about 30 mins in total. Overall though this is a great xbox live game and for the money it might give you some variation from PDZ, project gotham or call of duty. Recommended. Collapse
  2. SpencerH.
    Mar 7, 2006
    This game is great. none of my friends who have 360's have this game and when they come over, it's like they are addicted becase they always want to play Marble Blast. If you are into ARCADE games, this game is a must. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. FreelanceJournalist
    Feb 6, 2006
    Best graphics and most in-depth engine of any Xbox Live Arcade game yet. It plays like Monkey Ball with power-ups in place of the cute characters. Lots of variety and tons of boards, and the addition of a decent multiplayer cements it as a must-have Live Arcade download. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. MartinM.
    May 20, 2006
    I could not get the multiplayer version to work. Kept on saying that i could not play on xbox live. Other than that good graphics.
  7. 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. Expand