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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 NES The rolls of carpet will shove the marble along
Marble Madness Apple IIgs Title screen
Marble Madness Arcade Title screen
Marble Madness Genesis Title screen

Promo Images

Marble Madness Magazine Advertisement Back Cover

Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

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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 (9123)
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 (4646)
One of the best coin-op conversions of its era Amiga Randy Delucchi (33)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
The Atari Times Arcade Nov 01, 2004 83 out of 100 83 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
Video Games Game Gear Jul, 1992 61 out of 100 61
NES Archives NES Jan 06, 2002 C+ 58
Video Games Game Boy Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Sep, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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 PC version, there is a secret level accessible from the first level (involving being in the right place at the right time) which contained various difficult challenges (rivers, moving platforms and the like). This secret level does not exist in the original arcade game.


  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Coin-Op Conversion of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #13 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
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