Marble Madness

Copyright: © 1984 Atari Games - Electronic Arts
Genre: Arcade action

Arcade action

Marble Madness
Review 1:
I spent countless coins on the arcade version of this game, which proves
why Atari was a highly successful game company in the 80s: original
concept, great graphics, and solid gameplay. Guide a ball as it rolls
downhill toward the exit, escaping enemies and obstacles along the way. A
truly timeless masterpiece of game design. Colorful isometric graphics
and realistic ball physics (complete with inertia and gravity) are the
game's hallmarks that set it apart from other arcade games in its time.
Highly recommended! Note: the keyboard control is implemented like an
afterthought-- make sure you have a joystick hooked up to get the most
enjoyment from this game.

Review 2:

Marble Madness is a very old but classic game. Itís a basic concept
really, you guide the ball as it rolls down the hills until you get to
the exit. With any good puzzle game there are obstacles of course, such
as bumps and holes to avoid. Sometimes it gets quite hard as the pathways
get very narrow and you still have to make sure your marble doesnít fall
off the edge. There are dark marbles to avoid hitting, and piles of goo
that will eat your marble up. This may seem very straightforward, but
this is a VERY addictive game. Definitely not for the impatient, as I
found that it took me a long, long time to get used to the controls, and
an even longer time to pass up through the levels. Having a time limit to
get the marble through each level is quite a challenge. Lovely CGA
graphics magenta and cyan. If you can play Tandy then I really recommend
you do, as youíll be able to have 16 colours - it does make a hell of a
difference. PC Speaker sounds, which can be irritating, but trust me,
Iíve heard much worse than this game! I would suggest playing this game
with a joystick, as the controls are a bit out of whack for a keyboard.

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