After reviewing Under The Jolly Roger from Herocraft, I was asked if I would like any other games to review. Naturally, I said yes, being a video game review/news website. Once I received the codes, I was surprised to see Marble Duel. The first thing that popped into my head was this is a mistake. I asked for games for my Xbox, not my phone. To me, Marble Duel seemed like a name for a game that was like Candy Crush. A match 3 type game where the goal is to clear as many levels as you can.
In a sense, I wasn’t wrong; yes, you can play Marble Duel on your phone, and it is a match 3 game, but it is far more superior to Candy Crush. Once I confirmed it was actually for Xbox, I said, what the heck, let’s give this game an honest try. After sitting through the back story and running through the tutorial, I was hooked. Just like any match 3 type game, it’s hard to stop playing once you start.
There was something different about this game; it had a story. I don’t mean a here’s a couple of speech bubbles and on to the next level type of story. I mean a full-blown like I need to know what is going to happen next kind of story. You play as Evy, a little girl brought to this world by magic, but you don’t really know why. Once certain levels and sections are completed, you are introduced to new villains and friends as you learn the secrets of the land and the people who populate it. This helps keep your drive to want to complete levels and learn more about the world you’re playing in.
Even though every opponent you encounter seems to be dark and twisted, it’s the only thing that seems to be dark about this game. Every level is vibrant and beautifully designed, with music to match. The dialogue is very well done and keeps you enthralled with the game. If I had to compare the characters and design of the game to something, I would say it has an Alice In Wonderland vibe to it.
As you make your way through the levels, you start to learn how much strategy this game truly needs. The first couple levels are easy and steadily become harder as you go. This makes you adapt to your opponent’s playstyle that seems never to miss a beat. You always have to stay one step ahead of your opponent, or you might not have such a good time with this game. Probably one of the only flaws would be how hard some of these duels get. Once I got to the second section of the map, I felt forced to change my powers to stand a chance.
That last sentence brings me to a good subject, the fact that you aren’t just matching 3 or more marbles to win. You must match 3 or more marbles to activate certain powers that you obtain throughout your journey. This makes the game even more fun since it’s not super repetitive as they let you adjust your power levels which helps you strategies for each duel.
Like I said earlier, this is not your average match 3 and leave type of game. This is a full-blown strategy game with an interesting fantasy story attached to it. For the most part, the levels seem to change enough, so it doesn’t feel repetitive. And the game is so beautiful to look at that you don’t mind losing some of those hard duels over and over again.
Obviously, no game is perfect, and there are some minor issues with this game. Like when you are cruising at a good rate through levels, and then all of a sudden, you are stuck on one level for what seems to be way too long. Only to get back to a good pace after completing that way to hard level. The only other issue I did have with the game was the Narrator through cut scenes. I know I wouldn’t do any better, but I felt the voice didn’t fit with the theme and could have been executed better.
For a game I felt was just meant to be a mobile game, I was thoroughly surprised when I launched it on my Xbox and saw way more than just a mobile game. I’m sure this game is great on mobile, but I truly recommend getting it for a console or a PC. I think it helps with the overall enjoyment since you are relaxed and not just staring at your phone that you can put down at any time.
I want to say thank you to Herocraft for one, giving me this game to review, and two, teaching me that even though it has a mobile version doesn’t mean it’s a mobile game. If this article helps you in any way, please let us know in the comments or by liking this page. If you like our reviews and want to stay up to date on what’s happening in the gaming world, subscribe to our newsletter. Also, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, so you never miss a post. Thank you for stopping by and seeing what we had to say about Marble Duel, and I hope you have a wonderful day. As always, Game On Games.