Growing up, I loved playing Marble Madness on my Amstrad CPC 464. Guiding that metallic ball around each course, avoiding pitfalls and enemies, was a great way to pass the time. Back then though, I hadn’t quite reached the level of bubbling volcanic fury that has accompanied much of my adult life, so playing Marble Madness was always very pleasant. I expected the same of Orbibot. I was wrong.
The premise of Ratalaika’s latest offering is virtually identical to the 1984 classic, but is instead set in a 3D futuristic environment that is much more pleasing to the eye than the cheesy arcade landscapes of yesteryear. Players must control their balls (chortle) as they move around a series of ever-changing platforms, progressing in difficulty across around 15… challenging levels.
Will you find the teleporter?
Frustration set in almost immediately for this player, as the controls are incredibly irritating right off the bat. There are only so many times you can roll a marble off a platform into the void before you just want to throw yourself into the same void and put your Switch out of its misery. Honestly, why wouldn’t you utilise the gyro control function for a game like this?
Inconsistent and unhelpful camera angles continue the agony of Orbibot, making those finicky manoeuvres even harder because you have to try and pull them off from really bizarre perspectives. Honestly, it feels like the game was completed in a hurry but no one bothered to actually play it before releasing it into the wild.
I downloaded Orbibot to take on my staycation as a nice little way to unwind in the evening. On paper, this is exactly the kind of game I love to play and the perfect style of game for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, in practice it’s about as much fun as repeatedly hitting yourself in the right bollock with a ball bearing. Definitely not Ratalaika’s finest hour.
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Platform: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo
Release Date: 26/08/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Platformer, Arcade, Puzzle
Developer: Ratalaika Games, PSGames
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop