- Marble Madness (1989 on Dedicated handheld)
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)
Average score: 72% (based on 42 ratings)
Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 161 ratings with 6 reviews)
The Amiga version of this game is one of my favorite games ever - it's unbelievably addictive, looks great and the music is a classic. The PC version, on the other hand, has nothing in common except for the name and the concept.
The graphics are horrible and could've been done a lot better, even though it's CGA. The music stinks (but what did you expect), and the gameplay is not nearly as addictive as the arcade and the Amiga versions - in fact, you'll put the game aside after a few short minutes. Even the controls are completely horrible!
The Bottom Line
A really bad conversion anyone in his right mind would stay away from.
PC Booter · by Tomer Gabel (4539) · 1999
Marbles. Crazy levels. Enemies of the marbles. Space. Madness.
I love this game. I once bought it for £5. That was a good purchase. It's a game that survives through it's simplicity. The marbles are easy to control and the levels are more than negotiable. It is somewhat typical of the era but this is not a bad thing. It stands up, even today. It's no throwback as there are few games that can claim to imitate this.
It's just a classic in it's own right. Accessible and conquerable. Is that not what gamers want?
Well, the music wasn't exactly Beethoven but we got by.
The Bottom Line
Marbles can still be fun.
Genesis · by Liam Dowds (39) · 2005
There really wasn't anything I liked about this game. : (
This was the first PC game I purchased for myself in 1987 and I thought it would look better than it did. But the CGA graphics really bummed me out, especially since the PC I used back then had an EGA card!
The Bottom Line
Take the arcade version of Marble Madness, take away the sound and all but 4 colors and you have the PC version of this game.
PC Booter · by AstroNerdBoy (35) · 2001
|Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version?||theclue (172)||Jul 21st, 2019|
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)
Related Sites +
- MobyGames ID: 466
- Wikipedia (en)
Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history!
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 II, Genesis, Amiga, NES, Apple IIgs added by Servo. Game Boy added by quizzley7.
Game added November 24th, 1999. Last modified September 15th, 2023.