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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 FM Towns Color configuration
Marble Madness NES The rolls of carpet will shove the marble along
Marble Madness Amiga Two can play, too
Marble Madness Game Boy First Race

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

The Video Game Critic NES Jun 08, 2003 A 100
Power Play NES Nov, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Genesis Mar, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Video Games Game Gear Jul, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Video Games SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 60 out of 100 60
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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Mar, 1992 22 out of 40 55
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1986 40 out of 100 40
Video Games Game Boy Color May, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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