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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.


Marble Madness Game Boy First Race
Marble Madness Game Boy Ride the wave
Marble Madness Game Boy Title Screen
Marble Madness Game Boy Those vacuums sure do suck!

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Game Boy release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Consolemania Nov, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Player One Jul, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Zero Jul, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Nintendo Power Magazine Sep, 1991 3.1 out of 5 62
Games-X Jan 09, 1992 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Games Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Play Time May, 1992 54 out of 100 54
The Video Game Critic May 31, 2014 C 50


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Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version? 2 Ethan Brunton (1)
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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 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.


  • 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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