Marble Sheep Starts Rolling: Video Game Brings Back the Spirit of Good Old Arcade Action

ackBytes announces the long awaited release of Marble Sheep, a marble rolling arcade video game in which players control a little sheep - with the marvellous name "Utz Wollewutz" - who is trapped inside a magic marble. Marble Sheep takes place in a wonderful, lively comic-like environment. The game already finished the Conitec Casual Game Contest with the first place in a field of 30 contestants.

Dresden, Germany - December 7, 2007 -- As ackBytes has announced today, the arcade action video game Marble Sheep is ready and available for download on the Marble Sheep website

Marble Sheep is an arcade game in which the player must help a little sheep to complete a total of 30 arcade-style levels packed with tons of different enemies, power-ups and logic challenges - each to be solved in a given time.

Marble Sheep was made to capture the best classic arcade gaming elements from different genres such as jump&run, racing or logic puzzle games.

Ulf Ackermann, the developer of the casual game, said "Do you remember those times sitting in the sandbox playing with glass marbles? Now you´re trapped inside one of those marbles. Ready to roll!" This is great fun for players of any age.

"Marble Sheep was made to capture the best classic arcade gaming elements from different genres such as jump&run, racing or logic puzzle games." The experiment did work, players have lots of fun racing down platforms, tubes or loopings. Evading dangerous obstacles such as flesh-eating plants, slime monsters or scarecrows is a blast. As in racing games, players have limited time to beat a stage. But this only works if they make wise use of the power-ups scattered in the levels and solve some physics riddles on the way to the exit.

Marble Sheep features a colorful, comic-like environment divided into three themes. Passing grassy hills, snowy mountains or deep dark jungles is the only way for the cute little sheep to find the good magician "Mumpelwitz", who can get him out of the marble misery. Fortunately the game is free of violence, thus it delivers fun to a very wide range of gamers. A kid will be able to learn to control the mouse better, while casual gamers can just relax from work by exploring the challenging setting. Hardcore gamers may try to beat the latest online highscores.

Marble Sheep is currently available for PC download (14,95 $) and runs well on older hardware, too. The free demo features 4 levels of the full version.

Direct demo download link:

Screenshots can be found here:

About ackBytes:

ackBytes is a small indie game development team founded in 2005 by the student Ulf Ackermann. Marble Sheep is the debut title, wich already won the conitec casual game contest in 2007. Many more fascinating casual games are planned to be released in the next couple of years. For more information visit the ackBytes website or the ackBytes gamedev blog.

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