Best "rolling ball" game(s)

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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by Grizzly » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:24 am

I know they aren't ball games but Archer Maclean's Mercury games are pretty good.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by TheDude18 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:57 pm

The first game that came to mind was Spindizzy (C64) A great game with a massive 'one more go' draw to it, if only to see the next, intricate level. Mind you it needs to be as it so f*&king hard!

Wasn't there a a similar game called Gyroscope or something by Melbourne House?

What about that Sonic Game on the Megadrive that used an isometric perspective? Does that count?

I know Super Monkey Ball has already mentioned, but did anyone else play the GBA version? I was rather fond of that especially the golf mini game.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by SpockIOM » Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:09 pm

TheDude18 wrote: What about that Sonic Game on the Megadrive that used an isometric perspective? Does that count?
In the same category of does that count, I'll pitch Kirby's Dream Course
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by The Beans » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:18 pm

Kula World is a good shout.

I'll add Marble Blast Ultra. It was an early XBLA game on the 360. The graphics look a bit mediocre to the modern eye but it hails from a time when the download size on XBLA was capped at a paltry 50 meg. The game was removed from the service a few years ago but there's an unofficial PC port knocking about.

Personally, I rank it second behind Beautiful Katamari for rolling style fun on the 360 but the katamari games are more "roll em ups" than true Marble Madness type games.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by Gigifusc » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:10 am

There are two great ball games for me:

Spindizzy worlds on the Amiga. This was different to Spindizzy on C64 and Speccy and was absolutely brilliant. A full adventure exploring puzzle game. 100% recommend if you haven't it.

The second one is a bit harder because it was a great ball puzzle game but I can't remember the bloody name for the life of me.
It was a 3D game with side scrolling rooms. You moved your ball into and outof of the screen as well as left and right. The ball bounced constantly and you had to get from one side of the room to the other with lots of dangers such as pillars, spikes etc.

It was truly brilliant if anyone can think of the name!
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by Gigifusc » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:56 pm

Remembered it.
Impossaball by Hewson on the Speccy.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... id=0002458

It's a bit obscure but seriously, it's really really good.
Hard as nails at first but once you get the hang of it, it becomes one of the best ball games ever IMO.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by merman » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:26 am

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:TrailBlazer's fantastic, but to play it you'd have to get a Gizmondo :oops:
You do know that's a remake of an earlier game by Shaun Southern?

Trailblazer was on most 8-bit machines, started with C16.

The sequel Cosmic Causeway is pretty good too.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by killbot » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:00 am

There was an early Amiga game called Rock & Roll that involved rolling a little ball through a maze, and was really good fun. It was a bit more advanced than Marble Madness; aside from the skill involved in getting the ball where you wanted you needed to hunt through levels finding keys and solving puzzles. I really liked it.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by TheDude18 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:15 am

merman wrote:
Trailblazer was on most 8-bit machines, started with C16.

The sequel Cosmic Causeway is pretty good too.
How did I forget Trailblazer! Loved the C16 version, couldn't really take to the C64 version which I played later. Looked nicer, but I thought the split screen was a hindrance for such a fast moving game.

Here's another game you could add to the list - Incredible Shrinking Sphere.
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by resident paul » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:55 am

Bounder is another which in parts are frustrating!
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Re: Best "rolling ball" game(s)

Post by resident paul » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:40 am

You could say Pinball is a rolling ball game
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