Marble Mixer for iPad

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Gather the whole family for some classic marble fun.

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Educational Value

Marble Mixer for iPad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Marbles move easily with the swipe of a finger. Controls are intuitive.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marble Mixer for iPad is a rare gem that the whole family -- from age 2 to 102 -- can play together and actually enjoy. The iPad serves as a game board for up to four players to gather around and virtually play the classic game of marbles. The rules are easy to understand, and the controls are easy to maneuver, but it's still fun and fast-paced enough for older kids and parents to enjoy as well. Players can opt in to share scores on Game Center.

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What's it about?

MARBLE MIXER FOR IPAD is a "huddle around" game for one to four players. Set up your players by tapping each corner to activate their positions. Then start shooting marbles! You can choose from three marble-shooting games: Table Tactiles looks like a fancy marble board; players shoot a marble, trying to land in a scoring section while staying out of the middle hole. They get points for knocking another player's marble into the hole as well as points for their marbles on the board at the end of play. Space Mania has an arcade-style vibe, and the play and scoring are similar to Table Tactiles except players shoot unlimited marbles for 60 seconds. In Monster Picnic, the object is to feed a monster as many marbles as possible in one minute. Directions and tips are included in the "help" section. Options include playing in-app music or choosing music from the device's playlist and selecting sound effects.

Is it any good?

Set-up is super easy, whether for one player or four, so Marble Mixer for iPad is a great choice for family time. It's easy enough for preschoolers to play -- just tap to roll the marble. But its classic appeal means it's still exciting enough for parents and big kids to enjoy, too. Monster Picnic may be more fun for a younger crowd, while Table Tactiles may fit the more mature players better, but they're all really fun. The beauty of gathering around an app for family game time is there's no board to set up or break down, and you don't have to worry about storing anything. Marble Mixer for iPad is fast, easy, wholesome fun for the whole family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing games together. What does it feel like to play a game against the computer compared to playing with siblings or friends? 

  • Set up a family game night -- you can get out the board games or play on a tablet. Talk to your kids about friendly competition. Why is it OK to lose at a game? 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: December 11, 2013
  • Category: Board Games
  • Size: 65.20 MB
  • Publisher: GameHouse
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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