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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.


Marble Madness Arcade High score
Marble Madness Game Gear High Rollers
Marble Madness Game Boy Those vacuums sure do suck!
Marble Madness PC Booter The path is about to get steep! (Tandy/PCjr)

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 (290)
The lack of a proper control system mars this otherwise perfect conversion. PC Booter Trixter (8789)
Madness? It's only marbles. Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
PC Version Disappointed PC Booter AstroNerdBoy (40)
The PC version doesn't hold a candle to the Amiga classic. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4354)
One of the best coin-op conversions of its era Amiga Randy Delucchi (27)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Amiga 1987 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
The Atari Times Arcade Nov 01, 2004 83 out of 100 83
The Games Machine (UK) PC Booter Oct, 1987 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Feb, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Video Games SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 60 out of 100 60
Portable Review Game Gear Jul 25, 2007 24 out of 40 60
Video Games Game Boy Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Video Games Game Boy Color May, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Feb 01, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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.


  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Coin-Op Conversion of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #13 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
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