Do you like Marbles? They are really cool, right? Note: I’m lying. But maybe you like puzzles? Puzzle games work really well in VR. I don’t know if it’s because they usually don’t result in any motion sickness, or because people just really enjoy the feeling of solving puzzles. So the latest puzzle game to come out for VR is a physics-based puzzler called Marble Land from Devious Technologies.
While the game technically has VR support and wasn’t designed solely for VR, it was still made from scratch with VR support in mind. The game is available now on Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, for $14.99. Though there is a launch discount which puts the price at $12.74 until December 13. The game is also expected to release for Gear VR later this month, and Devious Technologies are planning to launch a version for PlayStation VR and Google Daydream in early 2018. I got to give the game a try using the Vive and found it to get steadily more and more challenging, but never frustrating. Which is a tenuous line for a puzzle game to tread. Marble Land really excels at this.
Check out the trailer below:
Marble Land is a pretty straight-forward puzzle game where you simply have to guide a little blue marble across a track past obstacles and into the end area. All of this happens on intricately designed structures that hang in the air. It is a seated or standing game that can be played either with the Vive (or Rift) controllers, or a keyboard.
The first map, which houses thirteen of the 45 levels in the game is a desert area with ruined structures and sand as far as the eye can see. From there it moves to a cave-like area full of beautiful foliage. The environment doesn’t influence the puzzle element at all but it does offer a nice change of pace every few levels. The environments and puzzle contraptions are also very detailed and atmospheric. I actually found the game to be very relaxing as well. Though this was probably due to a combination of the environments and slow pace of the marbles gliding over the surface of the structures.
Watch Those Little Blue Balls Go
When I first started in on the levels, I was almost disappointed, because they were comically easy. But luckily around level 12 the game started getting exponentially harder. The difficulty curve isn’t too steep though, with the game introducing a new type of obstacle every couple of levels. And usually, the levels that introduce the new obstacles aren’t too hard either and seems to be designed as more of a learning experience than a challenge. Though that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t pose a challenge later on as the contraptions and obstacles get increasingly harder.
Honestly, I couldn’t find much of anything to complain about while playing Marble Land. The game’s pace moves along nicely and it’s entertaining for what it is. Sure, there’s no action or gripping storyline. But the levels are engaging and there’s a real sense of accomplishment after completing the game.
So if you liked playing with marbles as a child or you’re just looking for a way to relax while stretching your brain muscles then make sure to give Marble land a try.