The random number generator has determined that the next game I should talk about is The Perplexing Orb. It’s certainly a perplexing game.
The Perplexing Orb is an indie game that was only available on the Wii U eshop but then was eventually ported to the PS4. It was made by Treefall Studios, a video game developer that tries their best.
When I happened upon “The Perplexing Orb”, I had previously already played another game from that studio called “Maze”. Back in the days when Miiverse still existed, whenever you booted up your Wii U, you would see several Miiverse communities represented alongside the crowds of Miis on the TV screen. The communities that were featured each day usually included the newest games that came out.
On one occasion, I saw a Miiverse community for a game simply called “Maze”, and it intrigued me. It sounded like a short and simple game that would be easy to complete, and I was right, although it did take me a few meditative hours. I was in the mood to play something relaxing and short like that and so I bought it and played through the entire thing.
I started 2016 by completing lots of games at a rate of almost one game per day. After a while, I lost momentum and decided to play Final Fantasy VII on my PlayStation Vita. Final Fantasy VII is not a game that you can complete in a day, and so for a while, my rate for completing games slowed down significantly.
After I finished all the available games in the Final Fantasy VII universe, I wanted to make some rapid progress on my beaten games list. I’m not sure if I was depressed or something, but I ended up spending a day beating six obscure indie games on the Wii U. One of those games was called The Perplexing Orb, and it was a pretty interesting experience.
The Perplexing Orb is framed as some kind of mysterious adventure, but it’s basically a game in the genre of Super Monkey Ball made by a small team of beginning game developers. You are a ball which rolls around on floating islands, trying to reach an often precariously placed goal pole while trying not to fall off.
To be honest, I feel as if I could have made this game. I’ve made games of only slightly lesser quality in Unity with a small team of students in one of my college courses. But guess what? I’ve never made a game in such a way that it could be sold by Nintendo on the Wii U. I didn’t put the work in to seriously go through with that process. For that, I applaud TreeFall studios for actually doing it. It’s exciting, and in the end, I think it was worth me playing some of their games.
The reason The Perplexing Orb caught my attention is that I’m a big fan of Super Monkey Ball. Though I haven’t actually completed the series, it’s been close to my heart ever since I played it on the Gamecube. It seems as if a Monkey Ball game similar to the originals is in development. Thanks to the YouTuber Nick Robinson, we have uncovered its probable existence along with its possible title: “Super Monkey Ball Retro”. Below is his video detailing the discovery.
If it’s real, I will buy the game in order to support it.
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