Jar of Marbles II: Journey to the West
Match 3 games are usually something that I enjoy. I found this one to be very boring. By the end of the demo, I was more then ready to uninstall the game.
August 29, 2012
As did others I looked forward to some improvements over Jar of Marbles original in version 2. However it is not as good. As has been mentioned there is no relaxed mode, you cannot choose the color/pattern of the marbles or the types of jars. The graphics and music are better but for endless hours of fun, stick with the first version.
August 31, 2012
Don't Lose Your Marbles
Quite original game this, dropping different coloured and patterned marbles into a bowl so that three of the same type match up and disappear. To complete one of the 72 levels you need to match all the jigsaw marbles which build up a series of jigsaw puzzles and progress the storyline. This is not a game that has or needs great graphics, it is all about the thought you need to decide where to place the next marble. Some levels are harder than others and as they are against the clock you will probably need to restart some levels until you finally get there. Power ups are available for matching four or more marbles at a time. I am about half way through and it definitely has the addiction factor - just one more level before I finish....and one more.... and one....etc.
September 9, 2012
Far superior to the original game
I was a bit wary of trying out this game, since the first Jar of Marbles was such a let down, but I really enjoyed the sequel much more. Jar of Marbles II: Journey to the West brought with it a great tie-in to a classic Chinese legend, and a far more challenging game. This was no ordinary marble popper. There was stategy involved, and your moves had to be precise, and quick, since each level was timed. We were not stuck using the same old jars or marbles. In the jar were blue marbles with jigsaw puzzle pieces on them, and whenever one of these match 3 sets were eliminated, it gave us another puzzle piece to find an animal that was part of the legend. I did not play long enough to find the Monky King, but if anything, this game did make me want to read the old tale of Journey to the West again.
Jar of Marbles II: Journey to the West is a far superior game to its prequel, and if the developers keep on this track, then this series could live on for a long time, and I look forward to seeing what other stories they might bring into it. Don't even bother with Jar of Marbles, and go straight to this game, because you will enjoy it so much more.
September 7, 2012
A challenging match 3 (some levels hard, some easy),dropping marbles into various oriental containers (jars, bowls, etc) Nice art. Different levels have different containers, number and type of marbles and some have powerups to earn by matching 3 special marbles. The special marbles can be a mixed blessing since you only get 3 per container and they can get between the final 3 marbles you need to get to the next level. It is timed, it would be nice to have a relaxed mode. I really enjoy playing. The only big complaint I have is that there is no way to change the player, so if you have reached level X and someone else wants to play, they either play your game at level X or erase your game and start at level 1.
September 5, 2012
Jar of Not So Much Fun
I'm glad I got this for 1/2 price! The concept is great, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired! First, the only music that's played is in the beginning when selecting a level to play. Only the marble sounds are going when you actually play. The most basic of instructions are in the "help" area. You don't get any directions as to how to use the power ups, other than a brief message that appears before you start another level. I'm still guessing at what most of the power up do and when to use them. All the levels are timed, so it can be frustrating when all you want is relaxing play. It is a wonderful concept, but needs more development to overcome the shortcomings.
September 2, 2012
I was happy to see this game offered today - I really like the first game. What a disappointment! Not only is it timed - that alone makes it a no buy for me, but it doesn't have the choices the first one had. Please try harder developers.
August 28, 2012
Gets old fast
I played about a half hour and this game gets very old fast for me. It's a nice and cute twist on the Match Three type of game, but I wouldn't be able to play it for long. I deleted it.
August 28, 2012
This match 3 relies on the hand-eye coordination of the player to drop the marble exactly where you need it. There is also the unpredictability of the marble's ability to bounce or roll where you don't want it to! While traditional M3 games require logic and strategy, this one requires skill - a skill that, unfortunately, I have never had: namely hand-eye coordination! I love the music; it is very soothing and very much like being in yoga class, and the graphics are colorful. Power ups are scarce and you can't rely upon them getting charged during your play. It was interesting for the hour trial, but not a variety of M3 game that I would purchase.
August 29, 2012
Playing with my marbles
Well the verdict is out, you either love this game or hate it. I personally loved it. What is it about balls, bouncing around, clicking, just being round? I think it stems from my childhood. I loved bouncing balls, jacks, marbles. So it is the same for this game. The music, the sound the challenge. This is a great game just to wrap your head around and relax. It is a really different match 3 and I have been waiting for a something different game and this fills the void. You owe yourself to at least try it.
August 29, 2012