DOS - 1997
Also available on: Windows
Description of Marble Master
Marble Master (aka Swing) is a video game published in 1997 on DOS by Software 2000. It's a puzzle game, set in a falling block puzzle and tile matching puzzle themes, and was also released on Windows.
Comments and reviews
Jay 44 9 2023-10-12 0 point DOS version
Great game and fun way to play the best free app I’ve played
zenon 2022-12-26 0 point DOS version
managed to start it via DOSBox. Intro has audio. But in the game, after the intro, there is no audio at all. any fix to that?
thx @MEEPS, mounting as CD-Rom fixed the "network client error"
Meeps 2022-01-14 4 points
To anyone using dosbox to play this game:
To prevent the "started game as network client error, fake your game folder as a cd-rom and simply type "SWING" afterwards:
MOUNT D C:\GAMES -t cdrom
solution found here: https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/threads/dosbox-mount-a-hdd-folder-as-a-cdrom.18566190/
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Swing is one of the better Tetris clones released commercially.
The falling block routine remains the same, but made much trickier by the addition of weight element. Your goal is to match three or more balls of the same color to make them disappear, as they fall down to a number of balances/swings at the bottom. The fact that each balls has different weight makes things more challenging, because naturally heavy balls would tilt the swing if the balls on the other end of the balance are relatively lighter. Tilt it enough, and the lighter balls will pop out of the balance and go flying around the screen.
The gameplay is even more complicated when 'rogue balls' start to drop. These have special affects that will either help or hinder your efforts. The rogue balls make two-player splitscreen game a lot of fun, because you can flip them into your opponent's screen too cause all sorts of havoc. On the downside, the game has an annoying bug whereby sometimes your high score is not recorded on the high score table. Also there are inexplicably many pauses during the game, which break the game flow and are nothing but a nuisance.
If you enjoy Tetris, you will definitely like Swing. It is much harder, more varied, and breathes new life in to the familiar formula with many original features. Two thumbs up, way up!
Review By HOTUD
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