Marble Knights

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Shallow, fast-paced marble adventure best with friends.

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Positive Messages

Gameplay is essentially a good vs. evil story, with heroes trying to fight against an invading army for control of their lands. It also involves helping people that are in trouble along the journey.

Positive Role Models

All of the playable characters that you select are trying to do the right thing, but there's very little character development from one level to the next. Most of the action boils down to defeating monsters and clearing stages with the most points possible.

Ease of Play

This has simple controls that are easy to learn. The challenge comes in navigating across some areas with gaps that players can fall off, or picking up speed on your marble which propels you off a platform or ledge.


Players charge up attacks to strike enemies or roll over objects to break them apart. Depending on the marble equipped, players have stronger charged up strikes. But defeated enemies vanish into a puff of smoke, and no blood or gore's shown. Visuals are animated and comical, which lessens the impact of battle.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marble Knights is an action arcade game for Apple Arcade. Players take on the role of young knights eager to defeat an invading army seeking to take over their lands. While there's a focus on combat during your adventures by swinging or charging up attacks based on the marble you're riding at the time, there's no blood or gore shown, and opponents disappear when defeated. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

MARBLE KNIGHTS is an adventure game set in the Kingdom of Roundingham, a peaceful land that's protected by the Knights of the Round, powerful soldiers that use the skills of magic marbles to enhance their attacks. Thanks to their efforts, Roundingham was safe from dangerous creatures and threats from the outside world. Until one day, when Lord Terroball decided to invade the kingdom with his own group of minions in an attempt to conquer them once and for all. Players will start out as Orbin, his sister Marabelle, or eight other characters (some of whom are recruited along the way), as they attempt to face off against Lord Terroball's armies and defeat the threat to their people. Each character has a basic strike that they can launch at an enemy to cause damage, but to really land a blow, they can charge this attack for increased power. Depending on the marble that the character is riding, a charged up strike will also trigger that orb's special ability, such as fire blasts or raising aggressive flowers that shoot bolts at enemies. Up to four players can race through levels, competing to see who has the best score based on collected gems and defeated enemies.

Is it any good?

While this fast-paced action game can be entertaining for short periods of time as a solo experience, multiplayer is really where it stands out. Marble Knights is one of those titles that's very easy to hop into and play: the longer you long the analog stick in a certain direction, the more your character picks up speed. That adds a bit of challenge to the controls, especially when you can accidentally roll right off a platform into a pit or go soaring off a thin ledge by accidentally having your finger slip on the screen. A controller can help cut down on these mistakes. You'll navigate around levels and solve a variety of environmental puzzles in each stage, frequently tied to a specific marble found nearby that your knight can hop onto and control. For instance, players can hop onto fire marbles to burn vegetation or ice marbles to cross bodies of water. But these marbles also have specialized elemental attacks when they're powered up. Unfortunately, the characters you select at the start of each level don't have unique attacks, which limits their individuality during play. Similarly, the coins and gems that you collect are meaningless, because you don't redeem them at a store or for powerups. They're simply a score marker, which is nice for multiplayer, but otherwise unimportant if you don't care who got the most points on a stage.

The other issue is that you're practically performing the same actions over and over from one stage to the next, which can get boring very quickly in single player. Fortunately, multiplayer injects a bit of randomness and chaos into the gameplay, as you bounce off each other and opponents in the environment. In fact, this is where Marble Knights shines, in a chaotic mass of collisions between players and monsters. If you can't get some friends or family together, you may want to hold off on this game so you don't get bored. But if you've got a group around, Marble Knights could keep you entertained for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about single vs. multiplayer games. Do you like playing by yourself, or with friends and family? What are the pros and cons for either form of gaming?

  • Do you like to complete stages quickly or explore every section of a level? Are there reasons why some stages should be sped through and some should be fully searched?

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