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BOSTON FIG 2013 | Another Kind Of Madness Appears In “Lost Marbles”

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Posted on September 20, 2013 AT 06:00am

Lost Marbles is the type of game that demands your concentration. One wrong slip, and it can cause disaster. It’s a title that makes you look in the box, outside the box, and sometimes step on it because the box is taunting you. It’s also a lot of fun.

At Boston FIG the folks at B1nary Take0ver were showing off a few of the level types you can expect in the full version of the game. The object of Lost Marbles sounds simple enough: take your marble (or marbles, in some cases) from Point A to Point B. However it’s when you look at the level layout where you discover that it’s anything but a connect-the-dots approach. Small ledges, spiky surfaces, wind power, and your own patience will try to keep you from reaching your objective.

Fortunately you’ll have an arsenal of marbles at your disposal, many of which will come in handy when coming across a formidable obstacle. Regular marbles can hop, metal ones can cross over spikes, and paper ones can go over collapsable floors without any issue. On occasion you’ll have to switch between up to three marbles to solve tricky areas.

For example in one level you’ll need the metallic marble to block the wind power in order for the paper marble to move around without worry. Once that paper marble reaches the other fan you’ll then have to time yourself right with the metal one so as to block it before it hits the fire on the other side. In return the paper marble can throw the switch, leading the metal marble to go over a spiky surface with ease.

Lost Marbles can be a tricky game to go through, but fortunately with the right camera angle and calm concentration you’ll be able to take on any of the levels without having the scream at your screen whenever you do mess up. Fans of Marble Madness and Rock of Ages will no doubt find plenty to enjoy with this title, not to mention find some way to make it competitive thanks to its online leaderboard system.

Lost Marbles is now available on PC via B1nary Take0ver’s website.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck




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