The Little Ball That Could Review
It’s been over 30 years since Marble Madness made its arcade debut. Since then, it’s just been another day, another marble platformer, right? No, not at all, and that’s exactly what got me interested in The Little Ball That Could. Released last year on Steam, NaissusWorks’ 3D puzzler rolls now onto Xbox One. Does this shiny sphere come to a gentle finish, or does it crash right off the table?
Years in the making, the love-child of a small Norwegian development team D-Pad Studio, a retro-platform adventure Owlboy, finally premiered on PC two years ago to good reviews. Now that the game has landed on three major consoles, how does it fare at its true home soil? After all, it pays a substantial homage to the 16-bit era platformers, both in the gameplay and presentation with its lovely pixel art. After seeing Owlboy through and leaving me with a major headache, I have advice to any indie developer: not everything in the old games is worth remembering for, let alone copying.