Marble Madness

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Game Boy Color
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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 PC Booter The beginner course (CGA)
Marble Madness NES Level 2; watch out for the black marble
Marble Madness Commodore 64 The black marble tries to knock you off the path
Marble Madness Apple IIgs The game begins here

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 (8713)
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 (4353)
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
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The Atari Times Arcade Nov 01, 2004 83 out of 100 83
64'er Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 12 out of 15 80
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Genesis Mar, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Power Play Game Gear Aug, 1992 59 out of 100 59
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Feb 01, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Player One SEGA Master System Jul, 1992 40 out of 100 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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