Marble Madness

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Description

The idea of this arcade game is deceptively simple: Guide a marble down a path without hitting any obstacles or straying off the course. The game is viewed from an isometric perspective, which makes it harder to stay focused on the direction the ball is to follow. There are tight corridors to follow and enemies to avoid. There is a 2-player mode in which players must race to the finish; otherwise you're racing against the clock.

Screenshots

Marble Madness Atari ST Make your way down the narrowing path
Marble Madness NES Down the chute and over the humps
Marble Madness FM Towns D'oh!..
Marble Madness Game Boy Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Challenge To Gamers Everywhere. NES powerstone05 (281)
The lack of a proper control system mars this otherwise perfect conversion. PC Booter Trixter (8724)
PC Version Disappointed PC Booter AstroNerdBoy (40)
Madness? It's only marbles. Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
The PC version doesn't hold a candle to the Amiga classic. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4362)
One of the best coin-op conversions of its era Amiga Randy Delucchi (27)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Jun 08, 2003 A 100
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games NES Dec, 1991 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Power Play Genesis Mar, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Video Games Game Gear Jul, 1992 61 out of 100 61
All Game Guide Game Boy Color 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Atari ST 1987 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Marble Madness appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Graphics and Sound

A non-advertised fact about the PC version is that it supports 16-color graphics and 3-voice sound -- but only on a Tandy or PCjr computer. All other users automatically get 4-color CGA graphics and single-voice sound.

Secret level

In the PC version, there is a secret level accessible from the first level (involving being in the right place at the right time) which contained various difficult challenges (rivers, moving platforms and the like). This secret level does not exist in the original arcade game.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Coin-Op Conversion of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #13 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Daniel Yu, Indra was here and FatherJack

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