Genre(s): Casual/Arcade & Pinball, Retro
3rd Party Rating: None found.
Neverball is a FREE 3D platform game similar to Super Monkey Ball and somewhat reminiscent to the arcade classic Marble Madness where you attempt to control a rolling ball within a maze-like environment.
The main gameplay of Neverball is based on moving a ball using gravity by tilting the game world, not directly controlling the ball (it is somewhat similar to the game Labyrinth without the holes in the middle). The level must be tilted to help guide the ball to a goal, via an obstacle course, with a set time limit. Moving platforms and other objects get in the way, making levels progressively harder.
Several camera modes are available to help the player guide the ball, including chase camera, allowing the player to move along with the ball, and a manual camera, allowing the player to move the camera around, unhindered.
To unlock the goal on each level, the player must collect a required amount of coins. Coins come in three different colors: yellow, red and blue, each having the values one, five, and ten, respectively. Collecting 100 coins in “Challenge Mode” gains an extra life.
Neverball features a replay recording system, which records gameplay in any level. Recording begins automatically when the level begins. Replays can be saved when a level is cleared, or when the ball falls off the level.
Neverball also comes with an additional miniature golf companion game using the same physics, called Neverputt, which comes with 3 course packs ranging from Easy to Hard.
At the time of this writing the current version includes 141 Neverputt levels and 134 Neverputt holes.
This game is a great addition to any home arcade set-up especially if you happen to have trackball controller. It will definitely be part of my MAME cabinet.
If you want a more authentic “Marble Madness” experience, we at Cheapskategamer.com suggest you also look at Rolling Madness 3D, or Trackballs also listed on this website. Both are also FREE. The original Marble Madness can be played via MAME. Click here to visit a nice fan page for Marble Madness with MAME support.
Publisher: Robert Kooima.
Developer: Robert Koooima,
Mehdi Yousfi-Monon, Pasi Kallinen
Original Release Date: Unknown
Players: Single Player
ERSB: N/A, but likely “E” for Everyone.
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