Pros: smooth gameplay (adventure mode), multiple difficulty levels, different game modes
Cons: very challenging near end of game, puzzle mode semi-glitchy
If you enjoyed the challenge of more difficult marble poppers like Luxor 2 or Sparkle, Pirate Poppers might just hook you. The marble popping play is the same as in the aforementioned games and the powerups are pretty typical of MPs as well (although the bomb powerup is really effective here). The charm of Pirate Poppers lies mostly in its challenge level and seeing how many treasures you can collect to fill your treasure cave while you sail the seas playing the boards. You can also post your high scores globally to see how you match up to other players.
The graphics are pretty good for the time that the game was released and there are no lags in the play action. There's really not a storyline in the game, just a short intro screen at the beginning that explains why you're going to be a pirate. To play the regular game of 77 levels, you can choose between either adventure (unlimited lives, normal speed of marble movement) or arcade (start with 5 lives and earn more for points scored, faster marble speed). Even though having unlimited lives sounds like a cakewalk, rest assured it isn't, as the tracks get very convoluted and you'll see quite a few double track levels once you get past the first half of the game. I enjoy playing adventure to keep my MP skills sharp and once you learn the quirks of the harder levels, they *are* doable. As for arcade mode, the best I've done is come within 2 levels of finishing the game...ouch.
If you want to take a break from frenetically popping marbles, there's a puzzle mode in which you clear the board of stationary marble chains using limited moves. Unfortunately this mode isn't done quite as well as the regular game and I noticed that several boards required a very, very precise shot placement in order to position a marble correctly. After missing the same shot as many as 30 times on some boards while being able to see the solution, I gave this mode up about halfway through.
The developers were obviously huge Luxor fans...watch for boards that look remarkably familiar near the end of the game. Bon voyage!
December 5, 2011
Aye Matey...Ye WILL have to fight if ye be wantin' the gold!
If a marble popper game doesn't hook my interest within 2 minutes...it's history. Well...I bought this one...so, there you go!
Very fun, very smooth very colorful. Love the map...very Indiana Jones. Good sound effects, and it's really fun to watch your cave treasure grow. Good job done on alternating the levels of difficulty around...you think you have it made, well...watch out. Those "doubles" will beat the stink right out of you! One of the most consistent storylines in this genre I've seen in a long time.
June 28, 2012
Fun Marble Popper Game
A game where you have to shoot coloured balls into moving lines of balls, to eliminate sets of 3 or more of the same colour.
Marble Popper games I find are much on much similar to each other, although some are slightly better than others. This is one of the better ones.
The cursor and balls moved smoothly - no jerking or stalling.
Picture quality was nice and clear.
There were a decent number of levels to keep you busy for few hours at least..
Only real downside was there wasn't much challenge to the games. Only the last 3 games required more than one attempt to finish.
Overall a fun game to play.
January 22, 2012