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Exploding Marbles

Editors' Review

by   / April 26, 2010

We review a fair number of computer games, and it often seems that we see variations on the same handful of games over and over again. So it goes with Exploding Marbles. This Bejeweled-inspired game is fun to play, just like its predecessors, but we can't say there's anything about it that particularly impressed us.

The program's interface is basic and maybe a touch amateurish. A grid of colored balls is arranged over a busy background image, giving the playing area a slightly cluttered look. Playing the game entails simply dragging balls to create lines of three or more of the same color so that the balls disappear. The occasional bomb marble is thrown in to liven things up. The game's soundtrack, weird and cheesy dance music, elicited raised eyebrows from nearby friends, but this can be turned off. Overall, Exploding Marbles wouldn't be bad, except for one thing: the trial version's nag screen. We only successfully got the game to operate one time; on our other attempts, the nag screen never disappeared and the actual game never launched. There wasn't even a way to close this screen; we had to Ctrl+Alt+Del to shut it down. After several such experiences, the nag screen informed us that we'd used up our five trial versions and would have to purchase the game to continue playing. This, combined with the fact that we had to restart our computer to finish installing the game to begin with, made Exploding Marbles more trouble than it was worth.

Exploding Marbles is free to try, but the trial version limits players to five games. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program with reservations.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 26, 2010

We review a fair number of computer games, and it often seems that we see variations on the same handful of games over and over again. So it goes with Exploding Marbles. This Bejeweled-inspired game is fun to play, just like its predecessors, but we can't say there's anything about it that particularly impressed us.

The program's interface is basic and maybe a touch amateurish. A grid of colored balls is arranged over a busy background image, giving the playing area a slightly cluttered look. Playing the game entails simply dragging balls to create lines of three or more of the same color so that the balls disappear. The occasional bomb marble is thrown in to liven things up. The game's soundtrack, weird and cheesy dance music, elicited raised eyebrows from nearby friends, but this can be turned off. Overall, Exploding Marbles wouldn't be bad, except for one thing: the trial version's nag screen. We only successfully got the game to operate one time; on our other attempts, the nag screen never disappeared and the actual game never launched. There wasn't even a way to close this screen; we had to Ctrl+Alt+Del to shut it down. After several such experiences, the nag screen informed us that we'd used up our five trial versions and would have to purchase the game to continue playing. This, combined with the fact that we had to restart our computer to finish installing the game to begin with, made Exploding Marbles more trouble than it was worth.

Exploding Marbles is free to try, but the trial version limits players to five games. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program with reservations.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0.13.2013

Changed the Marbles so it will now work on Windows 7 32 Bit and 64 Bit, Added 50 Levels each with their own Background, Implemented No More Moves and more to explore...

General

Publisher Hardy Creations
Publisher web site http://www.hardyfoundation.com
Release Date September 23, 2012
Date Added September 25, 2012
Version 6.0.13.2013

Category

Category Games
Subcategory Arcade Games

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements Windows XP or later, 800x600 Screen Resolution or higher, 3D Accelerated Graphics Card with DirectX

Download Information

File Size 47.01MB
File Name emTrialSetup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,846
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 1-day trial
Price $15
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