Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Marbles by M. Overlin & K. McLeod
©1990-92 Berkeley Systems Inc.
Part of the After Dark 2.0 collection.
One of my favorite modules back in the day, Marbles was a fun module to watch and still holds up (for the most part) today. The physics are a little wonky and it has been replaced by a later version 4.0 module with better graphics, more accurate physics, and customizable options.
This one seems to run on a modern system with the same speed and "accuracy" as it did when first released. Ok, so maybe it's not as realistic a simulation of a ball bouncing through pins as say "Peggle". However, in my opinion, this (along with Flying Toasters) was one of the best modules in the first batch.
Oh, and the smiley face ball was a nice touch.
MARBLES simulates colorful spheres bouncing through an obstacle course of pins and magically stacking at the bottom. As with people, some marbles are more sensitive than others.
Windows version by Mike Overlin, SAPIEN Technologies, Inc.
Concept and Mac version by Kevin McLeod.
Artwork by Igor Gasowski.
Works under Windows XP & Vista in greater than 256.