Marble Madness (Arcade 1984) Review

Marble Madness is a highly original game in which players use a trackball to maneuver a marble through a series of sloping, maze-like courses, trying to reach the end of each course within a given time limit. While steering the marble along narrow pathways, twisting turns and steep ramps, players must be careful of hazardous drops, acid pools, dangerous enemies (such as Marble Munchers) and other obstacles. Exceptional performances “charm” players with extra time. Control can be frustrating at times (especially for beginners), but crisp graphics, stereo sound, “silly” levels (in which most of the rules are reversed), a competitive two-player mode, and maddeningly challenging gameplay make Marble Madness a bona fide classic.

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