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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos

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Orbyx is an amazingly addictive pachinko-style game. The goal is to collect all of the golden orbs in the 32 ingenious levels by blasting them with flaming-metal cannonballs. However, you must also summon incredible magic spells and make massive combos in order to get to the top of the scoreboard. It may be easy to start playing but it's impossible to stop!

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Players: 1
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Countries: Canada, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Languages: English

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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos 2009-12-31 06:15:33 Darthuvius
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Darthuvius Reviewed by Darthuvius    December 30, 2009
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The Pachinko Game I have been waiting for.
(Disclaimer: I used to own an old style Pachinko Machine)

For fans of Pachinko and Peggle it needs no explanation. But in case you aren’t familiar, Orbyx involves you, a bunch of little balls that you get to shoot out of a cannon, and the rewards you get when your ball hits certain targets (pegs) on the gamescreen. Orbyx adds a breakout style paddle to the bottom of some levels which make the game just so much better.

There are a lot of other good variations in this game, moving pegs being one. Also you get to choose from four unlockable sorceress’s to play with, each with a unique spell. Spells include Multiball, Explosion, and Teleport. To cast the spell you must hit certain pegs shaped like letters to spell out the word MAGIC. Once you hit all the letters the spell is cast. Some levels can be quite difficult and you might be helped by picking the right sorceress for the situation.

There is a nice fantasy theme to this game and it is helped by a voiced introduction to the game from one of the sorceresses. Along the way through the Orbyx realm you might get some more advice from these sorceresses too. The game’s sound effects are very nice as well. I must admit, one of the reasons I play these games is for the audio feedback received when my balls hit the pegs. Orbyx delivers in this regard quite well!

I only had two small gripes with this game but they should not stop anyone from trying the game out. The fantasy theme could have easily lent itself to a more developed storyline. Maybe a future version could have some artistic cut scenes after each level to go along with the nice dialogue from the sorceresses.

I was also a little disappointed in the lack of widescreen support. Even though this game allows you to choose between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios when you first start, the 16:9 choice just displays the main gamescreen in the center of your television with an artistic border on the sides. I would have liked the game to fill up my entire television.

If you can get past these small issues, and you really should, Orbyx will be a very fun and sometimes very challenging game.

So Shiny!

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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos 2009-06-16 06:16:53 mark
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mark Reviewed by mark    June 15, 2009
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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos is a pachinko-style game. A what style game you may ask as I did, well, Pachinko is a Japanese game, which is a cross between a pinball machine and a video slot machine (according to Wikipedia).

I personally found Orbyx to be a cross between a pinball game and breakout. The object is to hit all the golden orbs with an aimed fireball, but also in the way are various other orbs, such as the green one's which cause your fireball to bounce and then turn red, to be destroyed as soon as you lose your ball. A word of warning, stay away from the black orbs, they take a large chunk of your score and restore all the red orbs to green!

Within the orbs are also letters, which once you have collected them all casts a predetermined spell, such as multiple fireballs. Also amongst this is your good old pinball style bumper.

Another feature that made me liken Orbyx to breakout was the fact that there is a paddle, which for instance bounces back and forth across the bottom of the screen on the first level and is player controllable in the second level, just like in breakout.

In addition to all this, I found Orbyx to be one of the most polished XBLCG's that I have played thus far. You can tell a great deal of work has gone into this one and I'd be surprised if it doesn't do well on the marketplace.

To summarise, being a sucker for pinball and breakout, I really enjoyed Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos and would highly recommend that if they are your sort of games too, that you at least download the trial and give it a go.

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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos 2009-05-26 15:12:50 SmallCaveGames
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SmallCaveGames Reviewed by SmallCaveGames    May 26, 2009
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"ORBYX!" (in a robot voice). That's what you hear when you launch this new pachinko-style game on XBCG. I guess the idea here is that we're blowing up orbs with bouncing flaming cannonballs - sounds good to me.

Some of you might be familiar with this type of gameplay because this pachinko mechanic has become quite popular recently. You essentially aim your shots at at the board, trying to blast specific orbs away, and build up mega scores and combos with all of the ricochets. It's quite addicitive, I must admit. It's as if every shot has a dose of strategy paired with the rush of a gamble. It's easy to play and enjoy a couple rounds, or a couple of hours of rounds. It's sort of like getting to play Plinko over and over and much as you want. (no cash prize though, booooo) Oh and that's a Price is Right reference.

Orbyx adapts this simple mechanic well, and you're going to enjoy a crisp game with solid production value. There's plenty of levels/boards to play, and it's very easy to learn the basics. You can preview your shot in order to get a feel for the first couple bounces that will occur - which is pretty key when you get down to your last couple shots.

For me personally, the randomness of the third/fourth/fifth unpredictable bounce lends itself to a bit too much luck. After you plan your initial shot, there's quite a bit of sitting and watching your ball (sorry, I mean flaming cannonball) take it's course. Sometimes you catch a break and start landing unforeseen combos, sometimes you get screwed and the balls just bounces once/twice and then manages to hit nothing else. Not that 'chance' is a bad element in a game, but there's quite a bit here.

Orbyx adds a wealth of frills that add to the experience. There is an element of 'magic spells' that you can unleash if you collect the 5 letters to spell m-a-g-i-c. There's zoom-in and slow-mo action as you come close to beating a level, and there is a great array of SFX that really add to the fun addicitive nature of bouncing around the boards. All-the-while, the graphics and backgrounds are rich, colorful, and deep.

In that same vein however, you might find that the mixmash of prominent themes sort of clash a bit. From the opening, which sounds robotic, to the techno breakbeats, concept of flaming cannonballs (medieval?) and then elven princesses, magic spells, and fantasy style music tracks....I was a bit lost. In someways it does keep things interesting and adds variety, but I would have personally preferred if the developer picked one and really drove it home. With the four female fantasy characters and magic themes, I think that would have worked just fine to carry that through. Maybe even go one step further down the RPG/fantasy road and add a leveling/experience system and maybe a shop to buy powerups and items from, etc. There's room for innovation. (granted you might only attract a certain audience that way)

So Orbyx is a fresh take on a popular style of game and it's great to have this option on XBCG, especially at this level of polish. A 400 MP, I believe it's fairly priced considering it could keep you going for 30+ hours of gameplay. So it really just comes down to whether or not you like the basic game mechanic of pachinko. If you do, you should snatch this up faster than you can say "Elven robot techno cannonballs." ;)

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Orbyx - Mystic Orbs of Chaos 2009-05-09 07:08:45 jigsawhc
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jigsawhc Reviewed by jigsawhc    May 08, 2009
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Just as addicting as Peggle

This is a Peggle clone, but one I'm quickly getting addicted to.

The game feels a little more like Pinball than Peggle does with the ball moving a bit faster and with larger pegs that need removed.

A couple other fun twists are that there is a black "cursed" ball that if you hit it will put back pegs that you previously had set to be cleared, and on some levels you can control the free ball bucket. Also breaking from Peggle's style many of the levels the ball launcher is not at the top of the screen.

The one thing I had a little trouble getting use to is that the aiming cross hairs can be moved anywhere on the screen and not just left/right. I think as I play it more I'll get use to it more though.

Overall, as a Peggle addict, I really like Orbyx.

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