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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 Genesis Watch out for the marble munching green things
Marble Madness Apple II High score table.
Marble Madness Genesis Title screen (JP).
Marble Madness PC-98 Configuration screen

Promo Images

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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 (9122)
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

64'er Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 12 out of 15 80
Power Play NES Nov, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Nintendo Power Magazine Game Boy Sep, 1991 3.1 out of 5 62
Video Games Game Gear Jul, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames BlackBerry Aug 12, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
NES Archives NES Jan 06, 2002 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Game Boy May 31, 2014 C 50
Player One SEGA Master System Jul, 1992 40 out of 100 40 Genesis Jul 14, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Sep, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version? 1 theclue (155)
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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 C64 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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