Something incredible is happening in this unique adventure! Max just drew a terrifying monster with his new marker and now it's alive and wreaking havoc in his drawings! He doesn't have any choice but to stop the monster if he wants to save his pictures.
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Mostly Positive (41 reviews) - 73% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 12, 2010

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  • (7/10) “Max looks like a young Conan O'Brien, which sounds kind of creepy but is actually pretty adorable”.
  • My Gamer (9/10) “Max & the Magic Marker is well worth a purchase for anyone who has a younger PC gamer in the house”.
  • GamingXP (7,4/10): “Fun gameplay, innovative ideas and loads of options make you replay levels over and over again.”
  • PC Zone UK (7,3/10) “The doses you’d be giving yourself will be fun ones”

About This Game

Something incredible is happening in this unique adventure! Max just drew a terrifying monster with his new marker and now it's alive and wreaking havoc in his drawings! He doesn't have any choice but to stop the monster if he wants to save his pictures. In a new kind of gaming style, Max & the Magic Marker combines tried-and-tested 2D jump n run feel with the innovative option of directly influencing the level design. Here, Max is able to change every level with his magic marker so that all obstacles can be overcome, traps avoided and puzzles solved in order to send the monster back to where it came from.

Key features:
  • 15 innovative and challenging levels
  • Unique influence on the gaming world with the virtual painting marker
  • Three lovingly designed worlds, based on children´s drawings
  • Innumerable traps, monsters and tricky puzzles
  • Challenges, secrets and rewards can all be unlocked
  • Fantastic soundtrack from the well-known Indie band genre
  • Multi-Awards Winner

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements: None
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB
    • Other Requirements:
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
217.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2014
Very nice game. Intuitive, fun and smart. Both my kids love it!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Fun, colorful, and simplistic. I got it for extremely cheap and enjoyed this game thoroughly.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2012
can't compare to Trine or Trine 2. But not bad effort overall. Would feel more at place on a touchscreen smartphone or iPod Touch.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
A fun and not very hard platformer that focuses on using magical ink to draw your way out of obstacles and hazards.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2012
Very nice artistic, drawn style. The marker is a bit big, blocking sight, but game-play is fun with different aspects to drawing. A drawing physics platformer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
105.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2011
A great game for kids. Even I enjoyed it. It's a fun platformer where you have to use the mouse (your magic marker) to draw in missing platforms to help Max run through the level. No shooting, no violence whatsoever, except that you can kill the purple meanies by hitting them with your magic marker created platforms and they disappear in a cloud of smoke, almost. The game makes good use of simple gravity physics. I found it to be a great fun challenge for my 4 year old. We had fun playing together.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2012
Bueno, finalmente pude acabarlo. Temática interesantísica. Modo de juego novedoso. Muy bueno para niños pequeños.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2011
This is such a fun game! It puts creativity and fun together in a way that makes this game hard to put down. You are max who is a kid who draws his world and in his drawings he encounters enemies and obstacles that can be over come with his "magic marker". You solve puzzle and overcome the enemies that come in your way with the marker. The puzzles are not hard but when you get good at them there is a little something extra for finishing the puzzle in record time. There are things to find and places to explore in this game. Its a great casual game that should be picked up if ever you have the chance to. Its fun and has very good rhythm with the music and the flow of the levels. The graphic creativity between sketch and cartoon make this a truly unique game. I really loved playing this game, it was awesome and just put a smile on my face while playing it.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Combine any basic platformer with Crayon Physics Deluxe and you get Max and the Magic Marker. The platforming aspects are pretty simplistic and you don't really have to be all that creative with object drawings so I ended up just drawing the same squares and lines to progress past obstacles which made it feel boring and repetitive. Overall it's not that bad, but not that good either. Probably a good game for older kids due to some complex puzzle solving.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
short version: i highly recommend this game for younger players and/or on discounts
longer version: by looking at the screen shots you can see what the concept of the game is. draw things to help the platforming. me and my niece played about 30 hours (one drawing, the other platforming) of this game when she was about 6 and she loved it (as did i :P ). the game ran smoothly and i don’t recall ever having technical difficulties with this game (at the time, 32bit vista)
why are people dissatisfied and or saying this is a kids game?
. basic platforming with little depth (not fast and tight like Meat Boy or with power ups like Mario)
. the drawing mechanic has little depth. (for the most part you just draw lines to jump on)
. i liked the colour pallet, character designs and animation but they clearly set a light fun child friendly mood
. basic plot (spoiler alert, max gets a magic marker -.- )
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 6
The game would crash on startup amd support didn't reply. Honestly, how is this even a game?
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7.4 hrs
Posted: June 19
this game gave me aids 10/10
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0.7 hrs
Posted: May 29
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Todd Michael
3.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 31, 2014
A smart and cutesy platformer for youngsters with creative, artsy inclinations. The first few worlds are really, really great, but the last chunk brought down my rating; often pushed me to exploit the system in order to bypass frustrating level design.
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Ol' Frankie Blue Eyes
2.8 hrs
Posted: December 6, 2014
This game is great.

You can find multiple creative ways to solve each area, and it's a really laid back experience for when you don't feel like shredding your hands on harder platformers.

Plus: I drew a ♥♥♥♥.

That being said, you'll probably only get 3-4 hours of good, solid play value out of it, so buy it on sale.

10/10 Would Feel Like a Kid Again.... again.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 8, 2014
Designed for kids, Max & the Magic Marker is a mess.

First of all, a game designed for kids has to control flawlessly. Good luck with that, the game has a noticeable input lag from the beginning, this would turn even the most forgiving child crazy. Add some inaccurate physics to the mix for the messy recipe.

Secondly, the levels are so simple and bland, the Magic Marker is nothing more than a gimmick, most of the time you are supposed to do what the developers thought it would be the ideal solution, so no creativity rewards. Draw what you want, it won't work 90% of the time.

Honorable mentions to the repetitive and horrible music, which cannot be turned off.

If my parents had bought me this game as a kid, I would have thought that they wanted to punish me.
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Hippo Turtle
1.7 hrs
Posted: March 20, 2014
Max & the Magic Marker is a children's game. The game play, platforming, and mechanics are simple and easy enough for a child to master in not very much time. The mechanic of drawing objects is implemented in a much better fashion in comparison to Crayon Physics Deluxe, for example, but that is still far from a compliment. The music is good, and fitting of the game world, but it does repeat quite often. The overall level design is bland, repetitive, and uninspired. The checkpoints are available throughout each level, and they are put to use for the benefit of the player, and not because of difficulty. Because of the game's overall limitation, it is better suited for short play times, as it does get boring very fast. Soon after progressing to the second world, the game has severe crashing to desktop problems with no errors. It simply quits the game and puts you back into the desktop. Other users have had the same exact problem and you can read further about it in the Steam forums. The developers have stayed silent about this game breaking issue, and have not responded in any way, nor corrected the problem with a patch. With an already extremely limited amount of content and bleak game play, Max & the Magic Marker feels more like an attempt at making large amounts of money than actual care and attention to game craftsmanship. The asking price for this game is pure insanity. Do not feed their greed and achingly poor game design and programming.

Max and the Magic Marker is bad.
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