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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 Later on in level 2 there are leeches who will eat the marble, possibly while the marble is waiting on the drawbridge
Marble Madness NES Level 3 maze
Marble Madness NES Level 4, starting at dizzying heights
Marble Madness NES In level 5, gravity works in reverse-- roll uphill

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Alternate Titles

  • "マーブルマッドネス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Challenge To Gamers Everywhere. powerstone05 (348) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jun 08, 2003 A 100
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Nov, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Video Games Dec, 1991 76 out of 100 76 Sep, 2012 B 75
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Retro Game Reviews Sep 11, 2015 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
NES Archives Jan 06, 2002 C+ 58


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Secret level in Apple II and Apple II GS version? 2 Ethan Brunton (1)
Jul 21, 2019


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.


  • 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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