Navigate puzzle worlds as a marble in this fun and challenging VR game.
Launched today on Steam, Marble Mountain sees players navigate complex, puzzle-filled levels as a marble, something that’s not as easy as you might imagine, but it’s helped by the use of virtual reality to let players look around the environment and get a better sense of depth and distance thanks.
We’ve already spent some time with Marble Mountain on the DK2 headset and came away impressed by its clever gameplay, expansive levels and colourful graphics. With 25 levels spread across various environments, it’s a varied and interesting game; and clearly inspired by titles such as Super Monkey Ball.
Here’s the full press release for today’s launch with a bit more detail about what gamers can expect in the full release:
Marble Mountain, the third-person adventure platformer by Lightning Rock, is now available on Steam as a launch title for the HTC Vive. In addition to supporting the Oculus Rift, the Indiana Jones-style adventure is compatible with standard monitors for Windows, Mac and Linux.
With 25 aesthetically-distinct levels, each stage introduces a new environment filled with exciting obstacles and brain-teasing puzzles. Challenges include running from scorching rivers of lava, dodging razor-sharp blades and racing downhill on a mine cart.
While competitive players can compete for the fastest time to top the online leaderboard, explorers and completionists can search for hidden cosmetic items. Collectible hats and gold tokens called “Aurums” can be found throughout the adventure. Successfully collecting all of the Aurums in a level will reveal new marble skins.
Lightning Rock was inspired by retro classics including Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball, but also drew inspiration from classic films like The Goonies for Marble Mountain’s cinematic action.
Intuitive controls and a minimal UI make it easy for anyone to dive right into the action. When using VR the camera moves with a simple head turn. In VR and traditional monitors players control their marble with a keyboard or controller.
“Whether you grew up on Marble Madness or are intrigued by vivid landscapes and thrilling set pieces, Marble Mountain welcomes all players to a new perspective of platforming through the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift,” said Shannon Pickles, producer, Lightning Rock. “We’ve invited gamers of all experience levels to brave Marble Mountains’ soaring heights and tricky traps in virtual reality, and we’ve seen a consistent reaction once they take off the headset; they walk away smiling.”
While most marbles spend their days crashing into each other and waiting for humans to flick them, Marble Mountain’s protagonist takes the initiative to carve its own path. Facing steep descents and perilous traps, our leading marble weaves through danger in pursuit of a grand treasure waiting at the looming peak of Marble Mountain, currently available for on Steam for $9.99 USD.
More information about Marble Mountain can be found at: www.lightningrock.com/marblemountain