Max and the Magic Marker is an extremely addictive game for the iPad that combines awesome graphics with a unique user interaction that sets it apart from most games. The story begins with Max getting a mysterious magic marker in the mail. Max’s first drawing with the marker is a monster. As soon as Max has finished his drawing the monster jumps off the page and into another drawing. This is the ah-ha moment for Max, who proceeds to draw himself on the page so that he can stop the monster. This is where you take over and the wildly addictive and creative gameplay kicks in.
The controls are my favorite part of this game. The game  is played in landscape mode on your iPad. At the bottom left you have a left and right button that moves your character, Max, in those directions and a pause and jump button in the bottom right. Oh I almost forgot the best part, you use Max’s magical marker to draw freehand in the game and everything you draw becomes a real, interactive object. It is this control that really changes the entire game for me. Using this intuitive control system you help Max along his journey.
Max encounters many things along his journey that your magic marker skills must defeat. Max will face obstacles, enemies and puzzles along the way that will require some ingenuity with your pen. There will also be orbs that you must collect along the way to get a high score. Each level will have 3 types of orbs: golden orbs, orange orbs that give you ink for your marker and the elusive black orbs that are difficult to get to but are worth it. At the end of each level you receive a one to three star ranking based on your score on that particular level. The orbs play a large role in this but so does the amount of time it takes you to clear all obstacles, obtain all orbs and get to the end of the level. These things keep the game difficult and keep you striving to get three stars. The ultimate goal is to get to the monster that is trying to damage Max’s drawings.
The overall appearance of this game is excellent. From the drawing based opening screen of each level down to the details of each level. The interactive drawing shows up great and never causes a hitch in the game play. The game plays very smoothly, especially with multiple input methods by the player. The game is very cartoony but everything from the opening screen to the character Max looks great. The multiple different kinds of monsters are unique and pretty cool. The game sports 58 levels in three different environments which keeps the scenery fresh. The sounds go along great with the game and only further the great experience that this game provides. I can’t say enough about this game visually as it truly impressed me.
Overall I’d say that this game is worth every penny. It is unique in how it approaches its control system. The story is solid and makes for an entertaining play. The game is also great for all ages as I played through many of the levels and also had my niece play it and she loved it as well. The number of levels and unique controls make this game stand out. I highly recommend this game for anyone looking for a new game that provides one of a kind experience.
- Control System (User Drawings)
- 58 Levels
- Great Graphics
- I would love more levels (as in every good game)
Released: Mar 17, 2011
Size: 116 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Electronic Arts Inc.
© Max and the Magic Marker – Copyright Press Play 2011
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later