Sunday 23 April 2023

Marble Madness (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Steve Lamb
Publisher: Tengen
Released: 1992

Marble Madness is a ball rolling game that was first released in the Arcades in 1984.

+ Multiple routes are available, which is great for shaving off precious seconds by finding the optimal path.

+ Marble physics are good and there's some neat ideas to advance the gameplay such as catapults and tilting ramps.

- With only six courses, the game can be beaten in minutes and there's no other modes to keep you playing.

- Difficulty spike in Level 4 is sharp and nothing prepares you for the extreme precision that's required.

- Trackball implementation from the Arcade original is sorely missed, as the d-pad on the handheld is overly sensitive.

- Ill-fitting music contains rudimentary bleeps and bloops, and has a tendency to slow down when the action gets busy.

- The main incentive is to gain a high score, but unfortunately there's no battery backup available to save them.

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