DescriptionAn alien menace has attacked the worlds of civilization and laid waste to their planets. However before the being conquered, a group of scientists has managed to create one last weapon and hidden it underground. The name of the weapon is Mag Max and only it might be able to defeat the alien invaders. Mag Max however is incomplete and for security reasons, his component parts are scattered across the land. Through their collection, Mag Max's strength increases.
Mag Max is a side-scrolling shooter game. At the beginning, Mag Max is only a tiny little fighter craft that can fire low-powered projectiles. As component pieces are found; such as a head, legs and a laser lance, Mag Max's offensive power increases. Access to the underworld can be granted through small dark craters on the landscape. Once in the underworld, Mag Max's weapons vary slightly as do the enemies (there are no stationary objects underground). Enemy fire or contact on each of the components will destroy that component. Fire on the main fighter will destroy Mag Max. At the end of each level awaits a boss creature.
- "Mag Max" -- cassette spine title
- "Arcade Archives: MagMax" -- PlayStation 4 title
- "マグマックス" -- Japanese spelling
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DevelopmentC64 version programmer Paul Hughes reports that Canvas were originally developing the conversion of the game, but they let Ocean down and asked Hughes to produce a second version. Hughes notes that the original version must've been bad if it worse than his version, which he describes as a "pile of plop".
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