Marble Blast Gold is a 3D adventure game. It was pre-installed on some Apple Inc. computers like the iMac and iBook. It is also available for Windows operating systems as well as various Linux distributions. The sequel, Marble Blast Ultra was released a few years later for the Xbox 360 platform, and features improved graphics and new features.
The basic gameplay involves rolling a marble from the start pad to the end pad, while avoiding the hazards along the way. On some levels, there is a Qualify time that the player must meet in order to move on to the next level. Most levels also require collecting a set number of gems along the way. There are 100 levels in all, divided by difficulty: 24 beginner, 24 intermediate, and 52 advanced.
There are three main controls to learn in the game, the marble's spin control and the camera direction control, as well as the use of power-ups.
On GameRankings Marble Blast Gold received an 8.4/10 rating, "Addictive gameplay and appealing levels lead to some of the best fun that $14.99 can buy". On Gametunnel, the game was rated 9/10 overall, "Marble Blast Gold is another great entry into the marble genre and a showpiece for the Torque engine. Highly recommended!". On GamersInfo, the reviewer noted "The game can be a lot of fun, especially if you are the type that likes to challenge your hand-eye coordination."