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|System(s): PC-9801 VM|
|Publisher: Home Data|
|Developer: Home Data|
|Supporting companies: Bandit|
|Licensor: Atari Games, Tengen|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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Marble Madness (マーブルマッドネス) is an arcade game developed by Atari Games and released in 1984. Its popularity saw numerous ports to home platforms, including the PC-9801 VM for the Japanese market courtesy of Home Data.
A PC Engine version was planned, but cancelled. A prototype is known to have been in the possession of former Tengen developer Jun Amanai, who posted a gameplay video on YouTube, prior to July 24, 2017.
The object of the game is to move a marble down an isometric field from one point to another, making sure not to fall of ledges or be damaged in other ways. The original arcade release relied heavily on a trackball controller, but the console ports rely on directional pad or another peripheral, meaning the control is less accurate. On the PC-9801 VM, the mouse is used to simulate the trackball, though the arrow keys may also be used to move the ball in the on-screen direction of the key press. For example, 🡩 will move the marble vertically up on the screen, with the respective effect in the arena.
- Designer/Graphics Programmer: Mark Cerny
- Game Programmer: Bob Flanagan
- Animator: Sam Comstock
- Sound Design: Hal Canon, Brad Fuller
- Hardware Design: S Ly, J Margolin, D Paauw, D Snyder
- System Support: C Downend, M Hoff, J Ritter
- Software Support: M Albaugh, M Mahar, R Moore
- Hardware Support: J Castillo, E Durfey, P McCarthy, N Minh
- System & Enemy & Graphics Programmer: Ofu
- User C-G & Text Programmer: Powered by Honda
- Game & Trap Programmer: Alice Kagamino
- Sprite & Graphics Design: Nan Chan, Y.Zinnai, Q.Zenba
- Sound Design: Home Data Sound Team "Eurythm" Endodon, Junichi Ueda
- ... And any others, and you
- © 1991 Home Data
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- Main article: Marble Madness/Magazine articles.
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