How to Play Pathological
Pathological is a puzzle game consisting of marbles that roll along
paths, and interact along the way with various devices and gadgets.
The object of each level is to "complete" all of the wheels on the
board. To complete a wheel, catch four marbles of matching color in the
same wheel. The marbles will vanish, and the wheel will turn dark to
indicate that it has been completed. Note that this is only the
usual way of completing a wheel. The exceptional cases are
described in the section on Triggers and Stoplights.
To rotate a wheel, click the right mouse button on the wheel.
To eject a marble from a wheel, click the left mouse button on the
When the game begins, you are assigned a total of three lives. Your spare
lives are depicted by small red marbles at the top of the screen. An extra
life is awarded every 5000 points. A maximum of ten spare lives is
The Board Timer
The board timer is the maximum amount of time allowed to complete a
level. It is depicted as a digital countdown at the top of the screen.
If the countdown reaches zero, the level ends and you lose a life. If
you complete the level within the available time, a bonus is awarded
based on the percentage of time remaining.
The Launch Timer
The launch timer, depicted as a blue bar on the left-hand side of the
screen, represents the maximum amount of time that a newly launched
marble can remain in the launch area at the top of the board. Each time
a marble is launched, the launch timer is reset to its full value.
If the launch timer expires, the level ends and you lose a life.
The length of the launch timer is displayed numerically at the bottom of
the blue bar. The number represents the number of passes that a newly
launched marble can make before the timer expires. The value is
different on different levels.
The Active Marble Limit
Each level has a maximum number of marbles that are allowed to be in
motion at a time. As long as the maximum number of marbles are in
motion, you can not eject any more marbles from wheels.
The number of currently active marbles, and the active marble limit are shown
numerically at the left edge of the launch area at the top of the board.