Marble Madness

Born in 1984

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  • Atari

  • FormatVideo Games
  • TypePuzzle
  • SystemArcade

Through 6 courses that had you twisting and turning - Marble Madness was a unique game with awesome graphics and a memorable soundtrack.

The cool trackball method made the controls fluid and easy

The game was inspired by a number of gaming genres from minature golf, to racing and the stand-out artwork by M C Escher. The animation effects and flow of the game were truly ahead of its time and Atari had developed new technology for the cabinet and along with advanced programming methods that made gamers literally fight over the play of this in the 80s arcades. The cool trackball control method made the play fluid and in line with the flow of the marbles moving about the course. It was a very difficult game to master yet practice made perfect and in the arcades it was a game that people flocked around if a player was able to master it. Once mastered it become very easy - maybe too easy for the advanced gamer. The cabinets themselves are rare these days and you'll be very lucky to see one in a working arcade.

Marble Madness had a great life in the arcades but this also extended into the home ports of the time too. Across a wide range of microcomputers it had huge success in terms of sales. It also played a part on consoles including a RARE release on the NES.

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Marble Madness arcade music

  • Atari

  • FormatVideo Games
  • TypePuzzle
  • SystemArcade

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