DOS - 1994
Description of Marble Cooking
Marble Cooking is one of the most unique and fun action-oriented puzzle games I’ve ever come across, Hentai (i.e.“adult” in Japanese) elements notwithstanding.
You play a little witch who must hunt down a demon lord she has summoned, and who has disobeyed her and is now roaming the world, wrecking havoc in his path. To do so, you will need to vanquish his minions, which are various animated objects, from spellbooks, brooms, and others. There are dozens of levels (called “stages” in the game), and you progress from one to the next by wiping out all the minions in each stage.
The fun of Marble Cooking lies in a very novel gameplay. Your character appears in a grid similar to a chessboard, and you can only move vertically or horizontally on floor tiles. The enemies you must destroy float around the board, each following a fixed patrol pattern that you must discover. If you run into one of these baddies, you die. To destroy them, you must first press ‘Z’ button to put a pentagram on the tile you’re standing on.
You can then move away from the pentagram, laying carrots (this is done automatically) on every tile you step on. Press ‘Z’ again to stop laying carrots. Then, pressing ‘Z’ once again calls forth your sidekick, a magical rabbit, from the pentagram. The rabbit will follow the carrot trail you lay out earlier, killing any enemy he runs into along the way. The trick, then, is to lay the carrots and time it so that your rabbit will kill all the enemies in one go. This is much harder than it sounds, especially since the rabbit will disappear (along with the carrots) once he runs to the end of the carrot trail.
Fortunately, the game is quite forgiving, as there is no time limit, you can lay carrots for as many times as you want, and the enemies never diverge from their pattern. At higher stages, the game becomes much more challenging, since the enemies’ patterns are much harder to figure out and memorize, and there are many more of them. The combination of skill and reflexes in Marble Cooking is very well thought out, and the anime graphics are sharp and smooth. Unfortunately, there are several quite disgusting Hentai scenes that appear as cut-scenes, so anyone who is offended should turn Story Mode option off.
Other than this minor nuisance that is entirely unnecessary (the game is great anyway without the Hentai trimmings), Marble Cooking is a wonderful and unique puzzle game that is highly recommended. Thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Chad Daddy 2017-08-12 0 point
Also, is there any way to get the Japanese text to display correctly? Thanks.
Chad Daddy 2017-08-12 0 point
For some reason, the DOS version of Marble Madness is included in the archive, and by default Marble Cooking will not start when running START.BAT. Delete MARBLE.COM and the other files related to Marble Madness and then it'll run. How strange...
Erik 2014-09-08 0 point DOS version
If you are playing for the Hentai, just choose "Graphics mode", heh heh..
Rabidmedia 2013-12-19 1 point DOS version
It's a hentai game, if you didn't already know. however, the gameplay itself is fairly interesting and unique.
you walk on a grid while enemies walk. you push Z to set a magic circle, then walk around, leaving a trail of carrots behind you. press Z again to have a rabbit come out of the magic circle and follow the carrots, killing any enemies it touches. the more enemies you kill with a single trail of carrots, the more points you get. you can turn off the hentai stuff in the main menu, 'cause 'quite frankly, it's a bit too much for my taste. but the game itself is addictive.
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