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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 Commodore 64 The first level
Marble Madness Arcade Enemies
Marble Madness PC Booter The path is about to get steep! (Tandy/PCjr)
Marble Madness NES Title screen

Promo Images

Marble Madness Magazine Advertisement
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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 (348)
The lack of a proper control system mars this otherwise perfect conversion. PC Booter Trixter (9116)
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 (4634)
One of the best coin-op conversions of its era Amiga Randy Delucchi (33)

Critic Reviews

The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Amiga Sep 18, 2007 5 out of 6 83
Video Games NES Dec, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Supersonic SEGA Master System Jul, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Zero Game Boy Jul, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Video Games SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 60 out of 100 60
Games-X Game Boy Jan 09, 1992 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Game Gear Aug, 1992 59 out of 100 59
1UP! SEGA Master System Apr 09, 2010 54 out of 100 54
Play Time Genesis May, 1992 47 out of 100 47

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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