Windows Phone Game Review: Marble Slalom Free

Here's a painfully difficult, yet challenging, game for your Windows Phone. Marble Slalom Free is a nicely animated game for your Windows Phone where you have to navigate a marble through a wickedly evil slalom course.

I say "wickedly evil" in that the slalom courses are not just a bunch of flag sticks that you navgigate around. You do have the flag sticks (or red dots in this game) but you also have pinball bumpers, holes, and other obstacles that will actively hinder your progress.

Don't get me wrong. Marble Slalom Free is a nice game for your Windows Phone but it's not for the faint of heart.

Marble Slalom Free's main menu presents you with options to play the game, access the settings, view the help screens, check out the high scores (Scoreloop) as well as tap into the customary areas such as credits, rating the game and viewing the other games from the developer. Settings cover sound, music, sensativity, zoom level and marble style.

When you launch into a game you will first visit the game track page. Marble Slalom Free has 21 tracks, each progressively more challenging. Each track will list your best time (tapping the time will pull up the high scores for that track) and a challenge button where you can bet (virtual coins) your friends to see who can achieve the best time on that particular track.

Once you select your track, the game screen is fairly simple. You have your marble and the track. Arrows guide you in the direction to steer your marble and movement is accomplished by tilting your Windows Phone this way and that.

My only nit with Marble Slalom Free is that the game screen background is a little bleh. You have "Marble Slalom" plastered about the backdrop that is a little on the excessive side. I think the game would be better served with "Marble Slalom" printed on the bottom corner of the screen and allow users a choice of backgrounds.

All in all, Marble Slalom Free is a nice gaming choice for your Windows Phone. Not everyone is going to like the difficulty level but the game will keep you on your toes. The game is challenging, to the point of frustrating at times.  You'll find yourself ready to call it a day when the stupid little marble goes this way instead of that but there's something about the Marble Slalom that keeps you hooked.

Marble Slalom Free is, as you would guess, is a free ad-supported game. You can purchase an ad-free version, Marble Slalom, for $1.29.  Marble Slalom Free can be found here at the Windows Phone Marketplace and the paid version can be snatched up here.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.