Posted by: peanutmaster | March 2, 2008

Realplay Puzzlesphere – Realplay – Ps2


 Get the ball rolling, shall we? Or not…

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Puzzlesphere might look like potentially the most fun out of the RealPlay range, but that impression couldn’t be more wrong. How come? Essentially, you navigate your ‘Xorb’ through a series of increasingly diabolical levels, a bit like classic puzzler Marble Madness back on the NES, only this is in 3D. You do so by tilting your peripheral in your chosen direction, liberally tapping the green button to apply the breaks. And therein lies the problem…

Yup, you guessed it – it’s the peripheral, in this case the Puzzlesphere, whose botched motion sensitivity will see you plummeting to your death quicker than you can say ‘lemming party.’ Astonishingly, your power-up button is mapped onto the D-pad, so you actually need to tilt your Puzzlesphere back to reach it.Thanks to the peripheral, Puzzlesphere requires the patience of an immortal and the hand-eye coordination of an Olympic gymnast. As tests of mental fortitude go, it’s up there with Chinese water torture – hardly the kind of family entertainment it claims to be.If anything, it’s the gaming equivalent of that buzzing wire loop game you find at village fetes. Only there’s no bag of malnourished goldfish waiting for you at the end, just another level. And then another. Until you wish the earth would open its terrible maw and swallow you whole…There’s no point pretending otherwise. Puzzlesphere is a shameless and ugly homage to the likes of Super Monkey Ball and Mercury, and despite its potential, it is the worst of the Realplay games on offer. The small button that acts to slow down your ball’s movement makes the normal speed feel far too fast and the lower speed painfully time-consuming. The levels are repetitive and designed with an utter lack of innovation or craftsmanship, and visually Puzzlesphere is a mess. Definitely one to avoid.

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RATING: 25%

If you liked this game, try Super Monkey Ball.

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