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Magic Ball for PS3 Available Today

Olga Sokolova's Avatar Posted by Olga Sokolova on Jan 15, 2009 // Producer, Creat Studios

Hello once again, and welcome to the Magic Ball blog!

Magic Ball (available today, January 15 for $9.99 on the PS Store) is another addictive game from Creat Studios and TikGames and it’s filled with fast action, great humor and giggle-inducing fun.

While the game doesn’t have an overall storyline like Cuboid, we have created comedic scenes for each level – so in a way, each level has its own little story! Each of the scenes is divided between two visual themes – Pirates and Knights – and each theme has its own mini-story scenes.

Magic Ball boasts a vast number of trophies that players can try and achieve – each of the trophies requires the player to overcome a specific challenge. It was a blast trying to come up with the trophies, and we tried to keep a lot of them consistent with the humorous themes of Magic Ball. For example, we have the “25 in a row” trophy where you need to complete 25 levels in a row and several “Goodbye Cruel World” trophies where the player needs to pick up 5 skulls while completing the level.

One of the strategic elements of Magic Ball is the random Power-Ups that fall from pieces of the level that are broken up by the Magic Ball. The Power-Ups are completely random, and the challenge is trying to get your paddle over to where they are falling, while also keeping the Magic ball in play!

But be careful – not all Power-Ups are beneficial! As you complete levels, you will unlock new Power-Ups, so keep an eye out for them! Here’s a hint – try to get the ball through gaps in the objects so that the ball will bounce between the objects. This will break them up quicker, which makes less work for you! ;)

Magic Ball for the PSN is a unique twist on the “ball-breaker” type of game. We have true 3D environments and superior physics and graphics, and every object in the playing field is completely destructible. All of these elements combined really push Magic Ball to the next level.

We’re also excited about the look and feel of our mini-scenes. We think they are really fun – and Magic Ball also has multiplayer with VOIP support! So what could be more fun than smashing up some objects and scoring points and Power-Ups with your friends!?

We all loved the original Magic Ball and were inspired to make our own version with our own unique twists, including new takes on some of the classic levels and adding some bonus ones as well! During the development of the game, we were able to bring in some focus groups that allowed us to make tweaks and adjustments that really helped to round out the fun-factor for each of the levels.

One of the areas that really got an overhaul during testing was the difficulty level of the game – apparently it was too easy! Man, you PSN players are really hardcore!

We are quite proud of our levels, and our lead designer and lead artist worked on them constantly during the development cycle. We had originally planned for a more casual game, but testing proved that players wanted more action. So we rebalanced and are really happy with the outcome.

Two of the other areas that were reworked completely were the SFX (special effects) and VFX (visual effects) of Magic Ball. The power of the PS3 allowed us to do many things that we had originally thought we might have a hard time with, but special effects such as waving grass and flowers are easily handled by the PS3 and the real-time physics with several hundred – even thousands! – of objects were easily managed. Once we saw how much more we were able to do graphically, we could then re-budget our development time and concentrate on gameplay.

We had a blast developing and playing Magic Ball, and we hope you will too. Let us know what you think!

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+ Murzeltje1976 on January 21st, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

Never mind! just scrolled up and have the answer :)


+ Murzeltje1976 on January 22nd, 2009 at 8:58 am said:


frustration. Still no Magic Ball in the NL-store :(


+ NavahoGL on January 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 am said:

So… when can we really expect it in the EU store? :-)

Still nothing there…


+ Murzeltje1976 on January 22nd, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

No cuboid, No magic ball… life has no meaning anymore…


Olga! Save us! the Dutch people depend on you! :)


+ NavahoGL on January 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

@Murzeltje1976: Yes it sucks to be us! :D

We’ll probably see it next week (and Cuboid most probably the week after that)…

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm said:

    Hey everyone! The wait is nearly over for you folks in the EU – Magic Ball should be available by January 29 and Cuboid will be coming on February 5. Thanks for your patience and we cannot wait to hear what you think of the games! ;-)


+ Murzeltje1976 on January 22nd, 2009 at 11:53 am said:

@NavahoGL: I’ve got him!

I cheated. that’s true, used entropay.com to create a US accepted CC :-)

Sometimes we have to be ingenious. They cannot withold Magic Ball from us any longer! ;-)


+ NavahoGL on January 22nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm said:

@Murzeltje1976 Cool stuff! I heard other folks are doing that as well. (I am quite hesitant myself about buying stuff from another regions’ store so I’ll just wait.)

Guess I’ll be killing time doing… terrible things to my dog with a fork. ;-)

(j/k, I don’t even have a dog.)


+ Volmer on January 29th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Still no MagicBall in the Dutch store :(

Any news from Sony yet as of why and when?


+ Volmer on January 29th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Ah, someone already asked that. :)


+ Murzeltje1976 on January 29th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

Please!! Don’t put it in the dutch store!!

It’s frustrating! I d/l it from the US .. but ..it’s keeping me awake.. i-must-play-magic-ball.. Once again.. Don’t put it in the store!! Save yourselfs!!

Nah.. just kidding.. :p


+ NavahoGL on January 29th, 2009 at 1:18 pm said:

LOL Murzeltje1976, good to hear it’s good fun!

The way things seem to go at SCEE I will be surprised I’ll play it this season… I suggest that some people down that distributing line get a gentle kick in the bejewels to get their act together. :-)


+ Murzeltje1976 on January 29th, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

I still think it is a good idea to make al stores equal :)

The US store is much, much, much… dit I say much already? much better than the EU / NL store…

And I’m not speaking of content-wise, but just make all stores look-a-like…


+ NavahoGL on January 29th, 2009 at 10:39 pm said:

Yeah the European store is a disgrace honestly, been hoping it’d get better for a long time now… I read something some months ago about certification process changes that would make releases more simultaneous but stuff like this really makes you wonder if they ever get their stuff correct over here.

Oh well we’ll see.

BTW, that’s a mighty long talk with Sony…


+ zaepian on January 25th, 2009 at 7:16 pm said:

Is it really possible to get the Morris Award trophy!? Because I just played through the entire game with my cousin, both episodes, and we only got eight hearts the entire time. We received a couple right away on the pirate episode and couldn’t get more than 5 the entire episode and then as soon as we started the knight episode we gained 3 more in the first few levels for our total of eight and spent the rest of the 19 or 20 levels left trying to get the last heart we needed for the trophy and could not do it! We’re so ticked off right now! It’s the last trophy we need and we can’t frickin get It! So, seriously, is it possible to get 9 hearts or is this a cruel joke!? What are we doing wrong!??? Please tell us, because we don’t even want to play anymore we’re so annoyed.


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    + Olga Sokolova on January 26th, 2009 at 8:35 am said:


    I assure you it is possible to get the Morris Award. A great deal of people have attained already. The power-ups are randomly generated, it is possible that you just weren\’t lucky enough to get the 9th one :(. My suggestion is to start the game from the beginning. I\’m sure you will plow through the levels very fast and get the Morris Award. Or you can just forget about the Morris Award and get the Booster pack and complete those levels and get the new trophies :)

    Totally up to you :)


+ zaepian on January 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm said:


We did not die the entire time we had the 8 hearts that we gained.


+ NavahoGL on January 29th, 2009 at 8:42 am said:

Dear Olga,

I hate to break the news to you,

but the Dutch store *still* hasn’t gotten MagicBall today.

Yes, we got a trailer now. Wow..

So… I politely ask, one more time, and I hope you can find a decent person at Sony that can tell an honest answer: when is it *really* coming to our PSN?


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    + Olga Sokolova on January 29th, 2009 at 9:20 am said:

    Thanks for your post.

    We are talking with Sony right now and hope to get this sorted out ASAP.

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 29th, 2009 at 9:20 am said:

    Thanks for your post.

    We are talking with Sony right now and hope to get this sorted out ASAP.

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+ Olga Sokolova on January 30th, 2009 at 7:42 am said:

NavahoGL , Murzeltje1976 and all-

We are sorry for the delay. Sony got back to us and you will see Magic Ball up in your stores 5th Feb.

Thank you for understanding.



+ Volmer on January 30th, 2009 at 12:29 pm said:

I’d be better able to understand it IF there actually was a reason given for the delay?

Now this was announced for everybody and later we get “Except for you guys, you get it 3 weeks later, sorry”???

That’s sad.


+ NavahoGL on January 31st, 2009 at 2:58 am said:

Hi again Olga,

Indeed, like Volmer states, what is there to understand if no actual reason has been given? You are probably not aware how many times we must “understand” these delays.

No to take it out on you: the game is in Sony’s hands now so I guess it’s not your fault.

You probably also feel the slight disappointment when we post here and I guess you are restricted by blog posting policies publicly telling how you really feel about this — I know it wouldn’t make me feel happy if a distributer would make me look stupid giving the wrong release-date three times in a row. :)

So another week we wait (heh, and that considering I wanted to buy this “on impulse” on the 16th).


+ weasel53 on January 31st, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

How come i cant connect to my friends when trying to play the game.

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    + Olga Sokolova on February 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm said:

    You can invite your friend

    Please follow the following instructions:
    1. Choose \”INVITE A FRIEND\” in Multiplayer menu
    2. Type your friend\’s name in the window appeared.
    3. Your friend should join your game and then you should be all set to play with/against your friend



+ NavahoGL on February 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 pm said:

Interesting how authors of articles in here always seem to evade answering the real burning questions: all in an a much too similar way.

So I take back that I shouldn’t take it out on you, Olga, because we should: if evading answers is all the responsibility that a game producer dares to take nowadays — I do not believe I should support your stuff.

Thanks for understanding :)


+ Worm32 on February 3rd, 2009 at 6:12 am said:

First off let me say, AMAZING game. Graphics, gameplay, A+. My only question is, what on God’s green Earth do I have to do to get that “Bonus Plan” trophy? It’s the only one I have left and it’s driving me crazy! Do you really have to do it in a single playthrough? Please tell me you don’t. I was playing for hours upon hours last night, in one playthrough, and made it to level 2-18 and still no trophy. Then in my delirium I hit “Continue” and went back to the title screen by accident. Do I have to go on a coin binge AGAIN? I’ll admit, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to trophies. If trophies were crack, I’d be a full blown junkie (level 10, 507 trophies, 7 platinum) Please help, I NEED THIS TROPHY! *breaks out in sweat and scratches profusely*


+ Murzeltje1976 on February 5th, 2009 at 8:39 am said:

For everyone foloowing this thread:

MagicBall is available in the NL-Store!

but who cares.. Killzone2 demo too! :p


+ Nudelyn on February 6th, 2009 at 8:41 am said:

Hi Olga, this is a question about Cuboid since the thread on Cuboid no longer allows comments (too old) and the “Contact” link goes to a 404 error.

In the thread on Cuboid on Jan 12th you said:

“I am currently working on a follow-up blog that should answer many of the remaining questions, including the Cuboid/ Bloxorz relationship.”

I didn’t see any follow-up though. Was one posted anywhere? I’d like to know about the Cuboid/Bloxor thing as it is holding off my purchase.

(I want to know if the people who made Bloxor got paid for their idea or not, basically. I can’t find any info anywhere. :( I quite want to play Cuboid but not if it has stolen someone else’s idea and level designs. I imagine that isn’t the case but I can’t find any official confirmation, either way.)

Thanks for your time,


+ zaepian on February 6th, 2009 at 8:20 pm said:


What new trophies were you referring to when you responded to my last post? I currently see that there are 13 trophies to gain. Are you saying there’s more? That would be great! I’m awaiting new levels. The first two stages were great! The pirates and the knights. Are there more stages out already? If so I haven’t seen them in the store and I’m in the U.S.A.

Thank you!

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    + Olga Sokolova on February 9th, 2009 at 8:49 am said:

    Stay tuned for a new blog post coming shortly :)


+ zaepian on February 6th, 2009 at 8:22 pm said:

Oh, one more question, for the ‘Bonus Plan’ trophy do you have to get all 200 bonus power-ups in one play through or can you play a couple different games?

Thank you!

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    + Olga Sokolova on February 9th, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

    You must collect coins during one game. You may leave the game and then continue (using CONTINUE at the main menu).

    Please be aware that if you lose the game or start a new game your progress will be lost and you will have to start collecting the coins again.


+ SpookyJuice on January 15th, 2009 at 4:14 am said:

Just so everyone knows, this has Trophy and Voice Chat support.


+ SpookyJuice on January 15th, 2009 at 4:16 am said:

Here’s a question for TikGames, seeing how you guys are finding the PlayStation 3 satisfying to work with, and seem to be doing very well on the platform. Will we be seeing more PSN games from you guys? other than the 3 just released?


+ xicaninho on January 15th, 2009 at 4:20 am said:

Cool game


+ blkant on January 15th, 2009 at 4:39 am said:

I hope there is a demo though


+ PS3Diablo on January 15th, 2009 at 4:40 am said:

I getting this one, seems fun and my girlfriend will enjoy it also.


+ Onna76_NL on January 15th, 2009 at 4:43 am said:

I don’t really care about trophies, as especially with PSN games they’re just too difficult to get. Voice chat is a great option :-)

Game looks like a total blast and a lot of fun :-D Really colorful and beautiful as well, my compliments.

PSN is overloading with games, if were not careful enough we’re gonna wonder why we need blu ray games for anyway, haha.


+ Onna76_NL on January 15th, 2009 at 4:44 am said:

Hmm yeah good question, will there be a demo?


+ Thorpe on January 15th, 2009 at 4:49 am said:

Nice. Could do with a demo.


+ Makasu on January 15th, 2009 at 5:00 am said:

Nice one! Are all trophies possible to get on local multiplayer?

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 7:41 am said:

    Yes, you can get trophies in multiplayer however only in cooperative play not in competitive.


+ SpookyJuice on January 15th, 2009 at 5:03 am said:

Heres another question for you TikGames, where you guys required to add Trophy support with your game? or is this just a false rumor.


+ tr3pidation on January 15th, 2009 at 5:13 am said:

I didn’t read it anywhere but can you play the game with the six axis? That would make the game (in my mind, so there go all credibility) a bit more fun to play while adding a pinch more of a challenge.

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 8:29 am said:

    This game does not have Six Axis support. We played around with it but decided against it.


+ Chimpanzee on January 15th, 2009 at 5:14 am said:

Lol. I thought this was going to be a magic 8-ball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_8_ball) app for the PS3 when I saw the title. Was worried there for a minute!


+ Jedi_webslinger on January 15th, 2009 at 5:20 am said:

My PS3 is being repaired, i can’t wait to have it back :o(


+ Gorvi on January 15th, 2009 at 5:21 am said:

Looks very cool, like an odd take on Arkanoid.


+ jimmyhoffa82 on January 15th, 2009 at 5:26 am said:

you have my 10 bucks i love the ball breaker type games, and now in full 3d! sahweeet!


+ PirateThom on January 15th, 2009 at 5:29 am said:


Once Cuboid and this are available in Europe, they’re mine!

It’s nice when studios make games in genres you like! :D

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 12:51 pm said:

    Magic Ball is available as of today in Europe (and the US), and Cuboid should be available by the end of the month in Europe :)


+ narde15 on January 15th, 2009 at 5:30 am said:

looks gr8 does it have custome soundtracks! custom soundtracks would be perfect for this game.


+ Keith K on January 15th, 2009 at 5:31 am said:

Looks really cool.

I’m sorry to say I’m disappointed that we arent seeing these games going to PSP. As much as I enjoy a quick play game, they’d be so much more valuable on the go.

Perhaps Sony should do more to persuade PSN devs to support Remote Play in their smaller releases.


+ Horrorist on January 15th, 2009 at 5:34 am said:

i didnt thought it would look like that,might be a buy now that i saw it

any chance we can get a trophies list somewhere?

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

    “ ARRR!” – Completion the Pirate episode
    “ NI!” – Completion the Knight episode
    “10 in a Row”- Completion 10 levels in a row ( without starting a new game)
    “ 25 in a Row” – Completion of 25 Levels in a row (without starting a new game)
    “ 500k Plan” -More than 500,000 points within a session
    “ Millionaire’s Club” – More than 1,000,000 points within a session
    “ The Morris Award” – 9 bonus lives
    “ Bonus Plan” – Collect 100 ‘Bonus Points’ within a session
    “ Minuteman” – Complete a level in less than a minute
    “Award Winner” – Collect all Trophies in the game

    and a few special ones. You will just have to play the game to see them ;)


+ Starbuck on January 15th, 2009 at 5:39 am said:

Does it have mouse support?

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 7:48 am said:

    Sorry, no there is no mouse support


+ Daver on January 15th, 2009 at 5:43 am said:

old good classic game, you have my money for sure, i hope its fun :) it looks to


+ Marsz85 on January 15th, 2009 at 5:48 am said:

@19: Instead of asking for keyboard support you opt for mouse? Very odd, I could find using a mouse very difficult.

Anyway, the game looks really addictive, but like everyone is saying, a demo would be cool.

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    + Olga Sokolova on January 15th, 2009 at 6:32 am said:

    Good morning, everyone! Thanks for your comments, and I will try to answer as much as possible throughout the day.

    Sorry to say that there is no demo available; however, the trailer above is a very accurate demonstration of the gameplay, which I know everyone is going to love! If you like bricker-breaker games, this will be a must have for your PS3!


+ slipping_halo on January 15th, 2009 at 5:48 am said:

Im really glad to see all these PSN games are starting to all have multi player, local and online. I have always loved these kinda games so lets give it a go!


+ LN_MEXWARRIOR on January 15th, 2009 at 5:53 am said:

Looks interesting! In-game XMB Music available??

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