By Michael Fontanini / August 25th, 2014
As many of you know, Steam has weekly sales, and this week is no exception. The critically-acclaimed indie game Lost Marbles is available on Steam for 30% off ($6.99) this week on Steam. The game was recently updated to include 10 brand-new levels for players to survive, and these are included in this sale.
So, what is Lost Marbles exactly? Well, it is, in fact, a marble-rolling puzzle platformer type game similar to games like Marble Madness, Super Monkey Ball or Marble Saga: Kororinpa. The game takes players through environments like blue skies with puffy, white fair-weather clouds, the void of space or a fiery, orange sunset. The game differs its gameplay a bit by having three different marbles for players to control and switch between at will. Each one has its own great strength, but also its own great weakness. The paper ball can crumple to decrease its size, but it is deathly weak to fire. The indestructible metal ball can boost through obstacles in its path to destroy them, but its massive weight means it cannot jump. Lastly, the rubber ball can jump and even absorb electricity, but it cannot go underwater. You must get the marbles to the goal, but doing so will require you to switch back and forth between the various marbles to solve the puzzles in each level.
This game was created by Binary Takeover, who previously published a match-3 style puzzle game called Turba (also available on Steam), where the blocks on the board generate and move to the beats of the music you play. Lost Marbles started out as a student project five years ago and grew into the formidable physics-based puzzle platformer that it is today. Notice that the first screenshot in the last row above has a bit of GUI visible at the top of the image when you look at it at full-size. This GUI is part of the Unity Editor, meaning that this game was built in Unity. Unity is a powerful cross-platform 2D/3D game engine. It is available free at unity3d.com.
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