Description official descriptions
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.
- マーブルマッドネス - Japanese spelling
Credits (Arcade version)
|Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version?||theclue (172)||2019-07-21 23:25:26|
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.
In the Atari ST, C64, Apple ][, Apple //GS, and PC versions, there is a secret level accessible from the first level (involving being in the right place at the right time) which contains various difficult challenges (rivers, moving platforms and the like). This secret level does not exist in the original arcade game. It can only be finished in two player mode as several parts of the level require the cooperation of both players to get by.
- November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #10 Best Arcade Games of All Time
- 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
Related Sites +
Game Map (Sega Master System)
Images of the level maps of each level.
NES Player - Marble Madness
Shrine site with information about the game.
- MobyGames ID: 466
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by emerging_lurker.
Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Game Boy Color added by Corn Popper. SEGA Master System added by Tibes80. PC-98 added by Infernos. BlackBerry, FM Towns added by Sciere. Sharp X68000 added by Kabushi. Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual. Antstream added by lights out party. Game Gear added by Macintrash. Atari ST, Apple IIgs, Apple II, Amiga, Genesis, NES added by Servo. Game Boy added by quizzley7.
Additional contributors: Trixter, Apogee IV, Alaka, j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack, theclue, Ethan Brunton.
Game added November 24th, 1999. Last modified April 1st, 2023.