Marbloid is easy to play but hard to describe. And that’s very much by design: The game’s bold colors, fascinating visuals, and accessible mechanics create a truly unique endless, um, marbler.
At its core, Marbloid is about rolling marbles along winding, undulating courses without letting them fall off. The controls are perfectly suited for mobile: tilt to guide your ball left and right, and tap to jump over gaps.
Roll off the course and it’s game over—and the first of many laugh-out-loud moments. If you ever had a PC crash on you in the ’90s, you’ll feel a pang of recognition as the game dissolves into a familiar-looking blue screen of death. But don’t bother calling the IT guy—just restart and try again.
Marbloid is all about risk versus reward. You can only meet the game’s objectives by dropping your ball into little black holes, which effectively banks your run. Feeling confident? Roll right past a hole and try to reach the next one...but you’ll lose everything if you blow it.
This terrific tension—plus its outrageous pastel-colored look and synthesized soundtrack—helped Marbloid nab an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Independent Gaming Festival Awards. Take aim and give it a spin.