You may remember a little while ago, on our fancy YouTube channel, we showed off some footage of our own Adele playing Marble Mountain during PAX last year. Well guess what? Now you can play it too!
If you haven’t heard about it, Marble Mountain takes the best bits of Marble Madness (hence the article title) and Super Monkey Ball, whilst telling the story of an intrepid marble and his Indiana Jones inspired hat. Your aim is simple enough; navigate dangerous and challenging maps, collecting lost treasure along the way. Sounds simple enough, but when you throw in avalanches, thin walkways and massive walkways, this ain’t no walk in a park … or is that roll?
Having played it, I can tell you it’s a treat. The physics are spot on, with your little marble stopping on a dime, rolling back and forth with a quick flick of the joystick just the way you would expect. As much as the puzzles are intricate and diverse the more you go along, I’d say most people will enjoy the challenge of trying to speed run through it as fast as possible. It’s the kind of game where a second can be shaved simply by rolling through at a slightly different angle.
On top of that, there’s the option of playing Marble Mountain with all the fancy new VR rigs, as developers Lightning Rock have seen fit to include support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It would surely be a surreal experience not only controlling your marble, but taking in the colourful surroundings as if you were right there, leading the little fella along like a child crossing the road with their loving parent. Except not whilst trying to avoid falling down a massive mountainside, of course.
Marble Mountain is available now on Steam and supports PC, Mac and Linux. If you do have a VR kit, let us know what it’s like in the comments below, I’m mighty curious. Otherwise, if you like puzzle games or a call back to Marble Madness (and who doesn’t), then check this out.
Mark Isaacson is a freelance journalist who one day hopes to climb a mountain.