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Marble Madness (NES)

Genre
Perspective
Theme
81
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.5
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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 NES Level 2; watch out for the black marble
Marble Madness NES Title screen
Marble Madness NES The title of level 5 says it all: Everything you know is wrong
Marble Madness NES Level 1

Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Challenge To Gamers Everywhere. powerstone05 (272) unrated

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Jun 08, 2003 A 100
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Nov, 1991 76 out of 100 76
NES Archives Jan 06, 2002 C+ 58

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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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