I was a bit wary of trying out this game, since the first Jar of Marbles was such a let down, but I really enjoyed the sequel much more. Jar of Marbles II: Journey to the West brought with it a great tie-in to a classic Chinese legend, and a far more challenging game. This was no ordinary marble popper. There was strategy involved, and your moves had to be precise, and quick, since each level was timed. We were not stuck using the same old jars or marbles. In the jar were blue marbles with jigsaw puzzle pieces on them, and whenever one of these match 3 sets were eliminated, it gave us another puzzle piece to find an animal that was part of the legend. I did not play long enough to find the Monkey King, but if anything, this game did make me want to read the old tale of Journey to the West again. Read more...(286 words, 32 images, estimated 1:09 mins reading time)
This marble popper had some graphic problems. The text was hard to read, and it seemed rather blurred when played at full screen. Maybe Bird Pirates was supposed to be played in Windowed mode only, but I played it at full screen anyway. In this game, instead of launching your “marbles”, in this case, birds, into the chain to make a match 3 or bigger along the chute, you launch the bird to replace another on the chute. The dread blue jay bird pirate, Sparrow, and his crew are taking over a busy port and looking for treasure just outside of town. So, Bird Pirates has a storyline, along with many challenging puzzles that will make you giggle as you shoot the birds from the chutes using various tools, like bombs and shooting cannons. The score for the fun factor is accurate, and if you can get past the bad graphics, this is a really cute game. When the birds are on slow mode they slow down to a crawl. On stop mode, they fall asleep, until the get a rude awakening from another bird knocking them off the wire. This game was listed as a marble popper, but might have been great also as a kid’s game, because it will keep the little ones in giggling fits for quite some time, not unlike the scene from Dude, Where’s My Car? when they are ordering food from the drive-thru at the Chinese restaurant. Bird Pirates is pretty cute, and those chutes that weave in and out along the screen make for a great challenge, too. Take a chance for some swashbuckling fun with Sparrow’s crew in the marble-popping game, Bird Pirates.
If you like marble popper games, you will love Bird’s Town. The mean cats are looking to capture the birds in some menacing traps by the means of mind control, and it’s up to us to make sure they are not caught while trying to build their own cat-free town so they can carry out their little avian lives without feline fears. Some of the animations in this game will have you giggling here and there, such as the wide-eyed look of fear in the birds’ eyes as they get closer to the traps. Watch the cats as they anticipate all the tasty fat birds coming their way, and if you miss, your little rescue bird might hit a rock or a tree, and they will not go splat, but instead fly off with little stars around their heads. With every level you get a little closer to adding more building to Bird’s Town, a city For the Birds! To gain access to new buildings, you must rescue a certain amount of birds before you can build the next part of your town, but it’s worth it to see what rewards they have gained, Read more...(230 words, 31 images, estimated 55 secs reading time)
More fun with marble poppers in a colorful, fun game filled with lively Asian dragons! Dynasty is a little different from most marble poppers in that not only does your launcher, a beautiful celestial dragon, move about the board, but she does not just shoot marbles. She switches them for marbles of other colors. Hatch the dragon eggs in the line, and get help from lots of baby dragons that have their own powerful magic. The soundtrack was written in a true Chinese fashion, and and those little dragons will keep you moving up in the levels. Dynasty is a truly addictive game for those whom love puzzles, poppers, and Chinese culture.