Slide and explode marbles in Marble Bay, a new puzzle game

Jan 16, 2017

Simplicity is an ever-growing trend which continues to occupy many aspects of modern products. For instance, the simplicity of smartphones which are able to conduct incredible technical feats are designed in such a way that even toddlers are able to use them. This notion of simplicity is not just evident with hardware, but also with software including mobile apps. Although they are designed to be highly usable, they are able to offer tremendous value to different users. Marble Bay, for instance, strongly embodies this notion by providing a game which is simply designed and can provide a high degree of entertainment value for a wide demographic.

The premise of Marble Bay encompasses the user eliminating various marbles by sliding them into each other. Once the marbles are formed into a pattern, they create higher energy marbles which later explodes. The game resembles the classical games of Bubble Blaster and Bejeweled that has been extremely popular in the past. Ultimately, the goal is to clear up the board in order to get a high score while constrained by several rules. For instance, once marble slide into another marble it gets number two on it. Furthermore, players must try to slide marbles together in order to increase this number before an explosion occurs which eliminates the number streak.

Although the goal of the app is simple to understand, the rules may be difficult to grasp for those who are new to the game. For example, any marble with number 5 on it explodes immediately. When the marbles all become the number 6, they will explode the surrounding 8 marbles. When the marbles become number 7, the entire row explodes while the number 8 eliminates the entire column. Evidently seen, the combinations and rules of the game are not as intuitive as competing games that do not have as many components to understand. Although this aspect of the game can be intimidating for potential players, other aspects of the game are extremely easy to understand. For example, the fact that the marbles must be the same color with the option of swapping out marbles having dissimilar colors balances out the complexities of the Marble Bay. Additionally, the game starts off extremely easy in order to ease the player into the various concepts as to not overload them with too many restrictions at once.

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With over 100 beautifully designed levels, the amount of time that a player can spend in Marble Bay can be endless with levels constantly being added and updated to the app. However, as there are so many levels, the app is very heavy in memory being 114MB in size which is substantial, especially for such a simple game. This means that potential downloaders must consider if Marble Bay offers enough entertainment for its size. Appropriate for all ages, the game also makes the confusing concepts of the explosions simpler to understand by providing a comprehensive tutorial as a means to on-board the user to start playing as soon as possible.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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