Marble madness arcade classic game. Get the marble into the hole without going off the side of the map. Also known as gyroball. Please wait for the game to load. Game not loading? Please enable Active X Content by clicking the circle with a strike through icon in the address bar which looks like this () and clicking the 'Turn Off Active X Filtering' button.
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Upon it's release, Marble Madness was the perfect opportunity for the makers Atari to show off their new arcade hardware. It was the first game to use rendered 3D graphics, as well as true stereo sound. The inclusion of stereo sound introduced a new element into video gaming, and that was the effect music could have on the gamer.
The History of Marble Madness
Released in December 1984, published and developed by Atari Inc. The game was a single or two player game of the platform/racing genre. Marble Madness was the first game to be programmed by a young Czech programmer by the name of Mark Cerny. Cerny won a game designing competition that Atari were running at the time, and the rest is history.
The main objective of the game is to be the first player to cross the finish line with their marble. Sounds simple right? But along the way the player has to negotiate their way around high, narrow paths, and avoiding numerous obstacles to be the first across the finish.
There are six levels of increasing difficulty in total, these are as follow;
Conversion and Sequels
Since the release of the original, the game has been converted onto numerous consoles and home computers, including;
Sega Mega Drive (1991)
Sega Master System (1992)
Sony PlayStation (1998)
Nintendo Game Boy (1999)
Sony PlayStation2 (2003)
Microsoft Xbox (2003)
Sony PSP (2005)
The game has had many clones over the years, but there has been only one true sequel to date, which is; Marble Man: Marble Madness2 which was released in 1991.
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