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'Marble Blast' Rolls Onto Xbox Live

by Rainier on May 10, 2005 @ 1:44 a.m. PDT

GarageGames today announced that Marble Blast is available for download on Xbox Live Arcade. XBLA brings popular retro classics and broad appeal games directly to your Xbox over the Xbox Live service.

In Marble Blast, a fast-paced arcade-style action game, players race against time as they navigate marbles through moving platforms and dangerous hazards, collecting treasure along the way.

For the Xbox version, GarageGames has cranked up the cartoon look to the max drenching the visually rich landscape by fully exploiting bump mapping, specular lighting and stencil shadows. Optimized to work on the Xbox controller there are nine challenging new levels, 12 craftily hidden Easter eggs, along with Xbox Live Arcade leader board high scores that take full advantage of the all new scoring system with ever elusive gold times.

"Getting to leverage the graphics capabilities of Xbox lets us demonstrate some of the power of Torque on a console," says Pat Wilson, GarageGames Lead Programmer on XBLA Marble Blast. "Torque is an extremely solid platform to develop on, so we could focus on fine-tuning the fun of Marble Blast on Xbox Live Arcade."

"Players looking for a quick action hit are definitely going to find it with this next-gen marble racing game, and they can easily download it directly on Xbox Live Arcade," says Jay Moore, Evangelist for GarageGames. "Beginning with ^ÑLearning to Roll' all the way to ^ÑSchadenfreude,' the only level with a difficulty rating of a 11, Marble Blast provides a serious challenge to any gamer's skills."

The Xbox Live Arcade disc is free ($4.99 U.S./$7.99 Canadian for shipping and handling.) Microsoft will send the disc to enable your Xbox console to play free trials of the games, including Marble Blast. The full version of Marble Blast is available by download for only $19.99. More information about Xbox Live Arcade can be found at http://www.xbox.com/livearcade.

Marble Blast is an arcade action game with simple yet addictive gameplay, suitable for players of any age. In the rich cartoon landscape of Marble Blast, players will race their marbles through moving platforms, dangerous hazards, sparkling treasures and power up enhancements in an effort to complete each course in record time. The hazards players will face in Marble Blast include powerful fans, whirling tornados, land mines, pinball-style bumpers, narrow catwalks, moving pistons, dizzying chasms, and more.

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