Metal Sphere Solid

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Euclid taught us that spheres are masters of espionage. Tactical espionage, that is. One might even say tactical espionage action. Metal Sphere Solid is a short game that can be completed in five to ten minutes, but it's still an innovative take on the stealth genre. A longer game of this nature would be great, but everyone with a bit of time to spare should give Metal Sphere Solid a shot. It certainly beats geometry class!

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Initial impression: poor design. You can easily go where you aren't supposed to right from the start, fall off the map, and wait for freaking ever for the game to decide to start over.


Meh. Sluggish controls make me fell like I'm pushing through molasses. It's not fun when you see what you need to do, but have to fight the mechanics to do it. I'm going to give the rest of this game a pass.


I want to love this game as much as the reveiwer does, but the controls are rage-quit-awful. Are we playing the same game??


Once I "kinda" mastered the controls ... I got a little way. But still got lost, and couldn't figure out where to go next.

Patreon Donator Infant Tyrone August 25, 2011 11:05 AM

Very attractive graphically, but yup, the controls are too sensitive when you try and slow down, and too fudgy to maneuver quickly.


Beautifully drawn, but its like playing Mario-on-ice levels. I didn't push a single guard into spikes without following right behind them.

I'm ok with the gradual acceleration, but when you push the button to go the opposite direction it should slow you faster.

hothotpot August 25, 2011 12:21 PM

Hmm...unlike most people here I didn't find the controls nearly so bad. I was able to beat the game with relative ease and only fell into spikes once, and was only seen twice. It wasn't the most fun, nor was it particularly challenging, but it was a neat idea and I liked it.

Anonymous August 25, 2011 1:16 PM

I *so* want to love Unity games -- the terrific visuals and the awesomeness of the 3D renderings are really something different.

But until they can figure out how to make Unity play nice with browsers and older hardware, they're still just novelties that are interesting to try, but I just don't want to sit and play them for very long (thus the length of this one was actually a plus -- about the time I was sick of the squishy controls, it was over)

Hopefully the issues that make Unity so clunky will get ironed out soon, and we'll be playing super-cool games in the near future!


The name of the game is awesome. The game of the game is just okay.


Hmmm... I was navigating through the maze when suddenly - maybe I bumped into something? I took flight and landed "outside", on the snow, unharmed. I ran here and there for about half a minute trying to find out if it's part of the normal gameplay or a bug, when - while nothing was apparently happening - a popup informed me that my friends escaped and I was seen for 6 seconds and asked me whether i wanted to play again.

I didn't.



Is the name supposed to be a parody of Metal Gear Solid?

Anonymous August 26, 2011 10:55 PM

Took longer to read the review than to play the game.


I did like it. I wish there was more than one level and if there was more grip or counter force when pressing the opposite direction that would give you game play options. A possibility of more speed as well would be a nice feature (faster movement). More camera angles and a wider view could be helpful as well for game expansion and if the game were harder.


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