Review Flarble Badness
Roll a marble through 3D mazes
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 30 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Quality 3D graphics, addictive game play, responsive controls
Device is running hot, unbalanced difficulty, very short game
Flarble Badness for Android is a cool, 3D perspectives game where you gotta balance and roll a virtual marble through a series of precarious mazes laden with pitfalls, precipices and death drops. This one is addictive, challenging and fun.
Flarble Badness displays in landscape and there's several tracks here to unlock and try, all of which just might make you rip some follicles from your head. The play is simple: roll your marble up and down ramps, around hairpin turns, over bumps and an array of untold obstacles. Your mission, is to make it to the finish zone and advance to the next rounds. There's roughly half a dozen mazes to unlock, all with a unique look and set of perils to survive. When you mess up, which will likely be often, the game starts you off at the most recent checkpoint, so at least that gives you a fighting chance at driving forward, no matter how pathetic your performance.
The controls use your gizmo's tilt function to roll that ball; just hold your device flat, then tilt gingerly in the direction you want to go. It all takes some getting used to but is highly effective. The graphics feature vibrantly colored geometric shapes and a cubic sorta landscape that plays with perspectives and depth perception. The animation is quite good, with clean renders and excellent physics. The sounds are the game's weakest element and muting the game only improves the play.
Flarble Badness is good fun. My biggest gripe, is there's not enough levels.