Switchball

Switchball

Switchball

It's got balls, innit.

Nothing divides Xbox 360 owners as much as Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade service. Constantly derided for its lack of original output and for lazy ports of old arcade games that no-one liked that much when they were released five hundred years ago. And last, but not least, the fact that many of these titles are available for free on the PC.

Well, luckily enough, Switchball falls into exactly none of the above categories. It's original, it certainly isn't lazy (for the most part) and, although available on the PC, the price is pretty much the same on both formats. So there.

The premise is a simple one: navigate your way across the various maps, guiding your marble with the right stick. The execution, on the other hand, is interesting, challenging and very rewarding. The puzzles are well thought-out and certain parts had me stumped completely. The amount of thought poured into this game is breathtaking at times - 'innovative' simply doesn't cut it, in fact no superlative does. Suffice to say Switchball contains some of the most ingenious level design I have come across.

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