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Monday, March 22, 2010
 
Max & The Magic Marker Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macworld has posted a new review of Max & The Magic Marker from Press Play. The game puts players in the role of Max who must use his newly acquired Magic Marker to put a stop to the monsters rampaging through his drawings. Macworld gave the game a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The great thing about this game is that you actually have to think. It plays like a standard platform game, but you must draw your way across the world to get Max into the whirlpool exit and through the next level. Itís not as simple as drawing a line between two cliffs or going from point A to point B. You draw weights and seesaws to bounce Max up to a higher plane, shields that protect him from falling volcano debris, and miniature rafts so he can traverse through rotating cylinders. Puzzles and situations like this kept me so captivated that the game did in fact feel refreshing.

Max and the Magic Marker also has a very unique pause option, which renders everything into a childrenís drawing. While paused, the childrenís drawing suspends Max and the rest of the world in time. You can still control that big orange marker in the sky though, and this comes in handy when you need to draw something for Max mid-air. Sometimes the game renders this ability essential (like when I need Max to jump up top a billowing column of steam before I can draw a board he can float on), but most of the time I needed the time-suspension option because I was just a bad animator who is now desperately pausing the game to save Max from my shoddy workmanship. Thatís the other great thing about this gameóyou never know how something will physically function until Max gets a hold of it. Sometimes you think you just drew the best bridge in the world, only to find out that you made it too top heavy when Maxís weight collapses the whole structure. Itís frustrating sometimes, but it also provides a fun challenge.
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