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An alien menace has attacked the worlds of civilization and laid waste to their planets. However before the being conquered, a group of scientists has managed to create one last weapon and hidden it underground. The name of the weapon is Mag Max and only it might be able to defeat the alien invaders. Mag Max however is incomplete and for security reasons, his component parts are scattered across the land. Through their collection, Mag Max's strength increases.

Mag Max is a side-scrolling shooter game. At the beginning, Mag Max is only a tiny little fighter craft that can fire low-powered projectiles. As component pieces are found; such as a head, legs and a laser lance, Mag Max's offensive power increases. Access to the underworld can be granted through small dark craters on the landscape. Once in the underworld, Mag Max's weapons vary slightly as do the enemies (there are no stationary objects underground). Enemy fire or contact on each of the components will destroy that component. Fire on the main fighter will destroy Mag Max. At the end of each level awaits a boss creature.


MagMax Commodore 64 Some obstacles coming up
MagMax Commodore 64 Choose between keyboard and joystick to start the game
MagMax Commodore 64 High score table
MagMax Commodore 64 Title Screen

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MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mag Max" -- cassette spine title
  • "Arcade Archives: MagMax" -- PlayStation 4 title
  • "マグマックス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1987 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1987 7.4 out of 12 62
64'er Sep, 1987 8 out of 15 53
Happy Computer Jul, 1987 45 out of 100 45
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 28 out of 100 28


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C64 version programmer Paul Hughes reports that Canvas were originally developing the conversion of the game, but they let Ocean down and asked Hughes to produce a second version. Hughes notes that the original version must've been bad if it worse than his version, which he describes as a "pile of plop".
Paulie68000 (51) added MagMax (Commodore 64) on Mar 14, 2006
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