Why You Should Play Attack of the Marblemen!
Attack of the Marblemen is one of the best puzzle games Neopets has to offer!
It is also very easy to earn a large amount of neopoints very quickly if you know
what you are doing. And if you can get really good you can win some great prizes
when it hits “Better Than You!”. (It’s often featured). Unfortunately, the game
does not seem to get the popularity it should receive. Because of this I’m writing
this article to force… I mean ask… YOU to play Attack of the Marblemen, packed
full of tips and hints. So whether you are an avid puzzle fan or just want to
try something new, read this article and play a game of Marblemen.
The object of the game is very simple; put all the colored Marblemen into their
matching colored boxes, before time runs out. The game board is set up like
a large checkerboard grid, with each box being cut into two triangles. The marbles
will continue to move in a straight line until they hit something. So to direct
the marbles to their boxes, you place triangle bumpers in their path. Depending
on where you place the bumper is how the marble will move. (It makes a bit more
sense once you give it a try.)
Simple right? Just direct the yellow marbles to the yellow boxes, green marbles
to the green boxes and so forth and so on. In addition, there are bombs and
shields; you don’t want to run into a bomb without a shield on. A few levels
have green arrows, which if your Marblemen passes over the arrow it will turn
in the direction that the arrow is pointing. Most levels have square bumpers
in the field that you must navigate around.
You earn points by completing the levels; how much time is left over is your
score. Plus you get 10 points for each smiley face you pick up, and some levels
contain quite a few. (Which is how you can gain a lot of points quite easily)
The game has almost 70 different levels, and you start with three lives. Every
5 levels (you know, 5, 10, 15, 20, etc) you will get a secret code that will
allow you to start from a higher level. If you're going for a high score, you
don’t want to use these, but if you are just practicing, these are great. Now
then, for the fun stuff!
The Game Play
The game starts off easy, starting with just one marble and just one box. Gradually
there will be more Marblemen per level and finally different colored marbles.
Because of this, you’ll be able to learn how the game works before having the
Anyway, since the game has so many levels it would be silly to give a walk
through for each round. But trust me, once you finished all the different levels,
you will wish there were more!
Here are the quick and easy steps for conquering any level.
1. Identify what Marblemen are on the field and where the boxes that they need
to go in are located. Trace the path they should follow and begin placing bumpers.
The early levels will be pretty much straightforward, but the later ones might
require some quick footwork… hmmm finger clicking work…
2. For most levels there will be several marbles moving all at once. Remember
that you can place as many bumpers as you want, so while you are waiting for
one marble to reach its box you can be directing the second one at the same
3. Multi-task! Closely related to step number 2 is multi-tasking. It is a must
for the higher levels.
4. Since how fast you complete the level is a factor in your score, try to
work fast. If you place a bumper with the vertical or horizontal side to the
marble, the marble will simply bounce back in the direction it was coming from.
This helps if you want to keep the marble in about the same area, rather than
having it travel the entire screen. This saves valuable time.
5. The triangle bumpers are rather small so play the game on the biggest screen
6. Each bumper only stays in place for one bump, so be sure to replace them
if they are needed for multiple uses.
With levels with Bombs:
Make sure you get a shield before hitting bombs. Each Marblemen can only have
one shield at a time, so if a shielded marble runs in to a second shield, then
runs into a bomb both shields will be lost. This will result in losing the level,
so be very careful. Also, make sure the right colored marble gets the shield.
In some levels it is important which marble destroys the bomb.
With levels with Green Arrows:
Those green arrows are most often your enemy! Be careful and if need be follow
the path the marble will travel if it hits an arrow.
With levels with Smiley faces:
Before going for a trophy, try all the levels at least once so you know what
to do on each round. If you are going for a high score however, be sure to collect
all the smiley faces. They are worth 10 points apiece and are vital to your
score. Any color marble can collect the smiles, so think about which marble
should get each smiley in the shortest amount of time.
The Hard levels
Yes, certain levels are harder than others. So here are a few tips for those
especially hard ones.
Level 17 – Not that hard once you learn the “secret”. The box for the marbles
is right next to a bomb, so how do you win? The marble must pass by the bomb
and the box, then place a triangle next to the box so that the marble enters
Level 27 – Just destroy all the bombs before directing the marbles to their
Level 36 – Level 36 looks like a large spiral. It has one red marble man,
with one red box, with a very long way to travel in a very short time. If you
have dial up, or are just having troubles completing this level, here are a
few tips. Make sure you place every bumper in the exact right location. While
it may be tempting to put all the bumpers in early, and then just watch the
marble run its course, don’t. This seems to slow down the game. Never have more
than 4 bumpers on the screen, and only place them right before you need them.
Level 45 – This one take some quick work to get the red one in. Bring the red
marble up on the left so that hit bounces off the side of the red box. As soon
as it hits the red box, place a triangle bumper so the marble moves upward.
It takes a little practice, but you’ll get it.
Level 62 - Use the yellow marble to destroy the bombs. (Just have the green
one destroy the one right next to it.) You should be fine.
Level 64 – It’s basically random if you haven’t played it before. To save you
a few lives and some time, the red should enter the maze of green arrows at
the top. The blue, right in the middle. Yellow goes under blue. And green goes
under yellow, also know as the bottom. Once the Marblemen have entered the maze,
just sit back and watch them run.
Level 69 - You’re going to learn to hate this level, because it continues to
repeat itself…. You will need to play it many times to get a trophy or high
How to earn a lot of cash fast!
Now then, getting to the good part, here’s how you can earn 1000 NP in less
than 5 minutes.
Step one: Play the game till you get to level 45. Write down the level code
for level 45.
Step two: Start a new game using the level code. You will start on level 45.
Collect all 4 smiley faces and complete the level. You should have about 45
Step three: Again, collect all the smiles (4 again) on level 46. You should
have about 90 points now.
Step four. Complete level 47. Only one smiley here, and you should end with
about 100 points.
Step five: (can you guess?) Complete level 48. We are almost to the good part!
You should have about 105 points.
Step six: The important step. Level 49 has a ton of similes, 9 to be exact.
That’s 90 points, right there. So what you do is collecting all the similes,
then lose the level. (Run out of time, send the blue marble to the red box,
whatever.) Do this again and you’ll have about 285 points! Once more and you're
well over the 300 points needed to receive 1000 neopoints!
Levels 45-48 look a little hard, but once you try them a few times it becomes
What next? I’d like to see a Marblemen avatar, but then I think I might be
a tad bit obsessed with avatars… or marbles… I can never be sure which…
What about a new game, Attack of the Marble Women?
What are you waiting for? Get out there and play some Attack of the Marblemen.
It’s a great game that you need to try!
Author's note: I’d love to hear your comments and questions! Just do NOT
ask me for level codes, because you won’t get any! That’s all the fun anyway,
challenging yourself to each and every level.