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Description

An alien menace has attacked the worlds of civilization and laid waste to their planets. However, before being conquered, a group of scientists has managed to create one last weapon and hide 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 (such as a head, legs and a laser lance) are found, Mag Max's offensive power increases. The underworld can be accessed 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.

Screenshots

MagMax Amstrad CPC Intro story
MagMax Amstrad CPC Enemies ahead. I am firing on them.
MagMax Amstrad CPC Title screen
MagMax Amstrad CPC I lost all my lives. I can enter my name for high score.

Promo Images

MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Concept Art
MagMax Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mag Max" -- Cassette spine title
  • "Arcade Archives: MagMax" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス マグマックス" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "マグマックス" -- Japanese spelling

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1987 7.4 out of 12 62

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Development

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 was worse than his version, which he describes as a "pile of plop".
Kabushi (257407) added MagMax (Amstrad CPC) on Mar 14, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Shoddyan (14287), Michael Cassidy (21104), 666gonzo666 (64358), Rik Hideto (406505), Sciere (739188), Kabushi (257407) and Paulie68000 (51)
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