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Dark Nebula - Episode One Review

By , on October 15, 2009

Dark Nebula - Episode One
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3 out of 5


  • Great looking visuals; very in depth and detailed.
  • Challenging gameplay with lots of room for player improvement.
  • The tilt controls work well; no hidden surprises here.


  • The game is very short consisting of only 10 levels; even the developer calls it a one hour game.
  • No tilt sensitivity or tilt centre adjustment options.


Despite having a short campaign mode, fans of tilt control maze games will have a blast rolling through the detailed levels of Dark Nubula – Episode One.

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Dark Nebula is an action, reflex game where players must guide a small ball through a series of maze like levels in order to reach the end. Along the way you will need to collect a number of small pickups that will add to your total highscore and level ranking and collect different shields to roll through various force fields and protect yourself from other obstacles.

The game is tilt controlled, and although some tilting games have let down players in the past, this is not the case here. The tilt sensitivity makes for some simple ball control and is quite responsive, the only issue is that the game has no options to adjust the tilt control setting, such as sensitivity or tilt centre. But you won’t have any game stopping issues here.

The visual presentation is wonderful; everything looks sleek and animations are very smooth. The spacey sound design is good but not as in depth as you’d like; it doesn’t quite surround and immerse you into the environment as well as it should. The game is annoyingly short but seeing as how the game is part one of the series, it can be justified by the promise of more games.

Dark Nebula is an enjoyable tilting action, reflex games that fans of Labyrinth will love. The gameplay runs very smoothly and can be incredibly challenging. While tilting controls might not be everyone’s preferred choice, they work and that’s what’s important. And while the game is awkwardly short, you’ll have no hesitation in replaying levels and eagerly awaiting the next release.


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