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Description

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.

Screenshots

Marble Madness Genesis Out of time. Game over.
Marble Madness Amiga Another pipe system
Marble Madness Apple II Made it to the goal on the first level!
Marble Madness FM Towns Beware of these green guys

Promo Images

Marble Madness Magazine Advertisement
Marble Madness Magazine Advertisement
Marble Madness Magazine Advertisement Back Cover

Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

A Challenge To Gamers Everywhere. NES powerstone05 (349)
The lack of a proper control system mars this otherwise perfect conversion. PC Booter Trixter (9110)
Madness? It's only marbles. Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
PC Version Disappointed PC Booter AstroNerdBoy (40)
The PC version doesn't hold a candle to the Amiga classic. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4643)
One of the best coin-op conversions of its era Amiga Randy Delucchi (33)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Apple II Jun, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Questicle.net NES Sep, 2012 B 75
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Retro Game Reviews NES Sep 11, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Power Play Game Gear Aug, 1992 59 out of 100 59
NES Archives NES Jan 06, 2002 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Game Boy May 31, 2014 C 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version? 2 Ethan Brunton (1)
Jul 21, 2019

Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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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