Monday 24 April 2023

Marble Madness (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis review)

Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released: 1991

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

+ Offers several routes through the courses, which is great for finding the optimal path and shaving seconds off your best time.

+ Always adds new mechanics to spice things up such as catapults and tilting ramps, and the two-player mode is available.

- There's an anaemic amount of content on offer and with only six courses the game can literally be beaten in minutes.

- The ball physics are floaty and peculiar in that you can usually slow your momentum in a very erroneous manner.

- Includes various inaccuracies to the original (e.g. ball colour), and there are frame-rate dips and some slowdown.

- Omits a battery backup for high scores (even though that's the main purpose of the game) which hurts replayability.

- The music is utterly dreadful with lots of lingering, droning tones and high-pitched squealing that hurts your ears.

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