Lost Treasures

December 21, 2015

Episode 17: Marble Madness

Interview with Mark Cerny

You may know our guest from such games as Ratchet and Clank, Sonice the Hedgehog 2, and even from companies like Naughty Dog.  Today, we are joined by the legendary Mark Cerny himself to talk about a true lost Treasure, 1984’s Marble Madness.  Originally created for the arcade, Marble Madness made its way into the home on many home platforms and even inspired countless more games. Mark has a special midas touch when it comes to making games as everything he’s involved in is simply fun.t


By the end of 1984, arcades were already on a bit of a downward spiral.  The hardware, however, was getting better and better and games were featuring powerful 16-bit processors like the Motorola 68010. To that end, a wonderful game called Marble Madness came out designed by Mark Cerny who was working at Atari at the time. It wouldn’t be until later, however, that this game would get a much bigger following.

It was not unusual for arcade games to get ported to home systems but the Amiga that came out in 1985 was actually the perfect home system for a Marble Madness conversion since it shared similar graphics, sound, and processor as the hardware Atari used in the arcade.  Some even cited the Amiga version as superior to the arcade version although most people would have preferred to be able to use a trackball like the arcade featured. The Commodore 64 version although inferior in graphics and sound actually featured a level not found anywhere else.

Marble Madness is available on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, ZX Spectrum, and PC. You can find versions of it on the Midway Arcade Treasures collection for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PS3 and Xbox 360. You can also find it for iOS as the Midway Arcade.

Marble Madness is a perfect mix of great graphics, wonderful sound and music, and great controls. If you have never played it is definitely another buried treasure worth the effort to track down.

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Sean
Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.




 
 

 

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