Max & the Magic Marker

  • Max & the Magic Marker is an award-winning physics-based puzzle platformer. The game is for all audiences yet still challenging for the hardcore gamer. Max plays like a classic platformer but with a twist. You have a magic marker that enables you to draw freehand in the game – everything you draw becomes real and can be interacted with in the game world. You must help Max overcome enemies, obstacles and puzzles on his journey. Enjoy: - Lots of puzzles with multiple solutions! - Earn loads of achievements! - Compete against your friends on the leaderboards! - 15 awesome levels in 3 unique worlds! One day Max gets a mysterious marker in the mail. The first thing he draws is a monster, but as soon as the pen leaves the paper, the monster comes to life and jumps into another drawing. It must be stopped, so Max draws himself onto the page and the chase begins. The game has received several awards including the “Independent Games Festival 2010 (IGF) D2D Vision Award”.
  • Family
  • 449
  • Yes

  • Microsoft Studios™
  • 2010-10-16 23:35
  • 2012-04-30 09:36
  • 8192 KB
  • 8192 KB



Max-imum Fun!
My kids and I love playing this game. It's simple concept and fun artistry make this a great gaming experience. The game-play is straightforward and challenging enough to keep things interesting. It's be nice if the instructional popups weren't so easy to accidentally dismiss and if the character development was a little better, but these are only minor issues. None of that affects the fact that it's a well crafted game and is super entertaining -- 5 stars!!!
2010-11-06 19:19 mvroc
Love it..very creative.
2010-11-06 17:07 TheGator
2010-11-06 02:57 bingijummer
Wonky "fake button" controls and slow loading make an awesome game less rad.
I love the cartoon style graphics and the "draw your path" gameplay in this title, but the right, left and up arrow key buttons on screen just do not work for a touchscreen game.
2010-11-05 21:13 RedFive
Very nice game!
2010-11-05 16:11 wouterij
So cute! So fun!
Easy to pick up platformer with great little nuances. Cute graphics and smooth gameplay with lots of logic based puzzles. Keeps me entertained for long periods.
2010-11-05 02:02 fictionwsu
This game is awesome. Fun, challenging and uniquely creative for both me and my young child.
2010-11-04 19:59 AmandaMc
Very fun and creative puzzle game. Simple UI, easy to play.
2010-11-04 18:55 hokuna matata
Physics, Meet Magic Marker!
Wow! This game is super addictive! This really makes you rethink what you an do with a magic marker. Flying in the air, rolling around on wheels, avoiding or squishing globs, keeping dry from acid rain. This game looks like it was made for a two-year-old, but at 26, this game feels right at home.
2010-11-03 22:01 enOZero
Super addicting! I love playing this game. I spent hours playing it last night which is something I never do. It’s a super fun puzzle game, trying to figure out how to get Max through the levels. The game is very responsive and I haven’t seen any issues while playing it.
2010-11-02 23:58 trixiefrak
Clever and fun.
Great puzzle game. It takes a while to get the hang of drawing. I'll definately play this all the way through.
2010-11-01 22:47 Peterson
Fun game
2010-11-01 07:06 gb2312
2010-10-30 17:04 purpletunex
Pretty neat
2010-10-29 19:37 flickel1
Very fun, good use of touch in this game. Graphics are smooth & looks great
2010-10-28 23:28 Zoctan
So much fun!!
Excellent implementation and highly recommended!
2010-10-27 22:14 Vigilante
Unique style of game play. Being able to draw to make modification to game world. Good use of touch.
2010-10-27 20:47 tsyoo
Cute concept, creative gameplay, mild aggrevation
The creativity of gameplay and quality of the experience would make this an easy five-star but for the aggrevation of having the game try to "draw" in the controls area when it should be apparent that's not what I intend. Assuming they fix that in an update, this is a great title that offers a change of pace from what you usually get from mobile games: something that leverages the touch interface for its full value. Give it a shot!
2010-11-07 01:20 Dryden 01
Game is very fun. However the controls are a little difficult for moving around. It always thinks I'm trying to draw in the controls area.
2010-11-06 23:52 rL8m
Beautiful artwork, lovely background score and a very nice game experience. I agree that the controls have a tendency to think that I'm drawing in that area, but I'm still going to give it a 5 star rating for the overall excellent experience.
2010-11-07 21:51 vsuley
simple fun concept :)
Clear from all the other reviewers is the controls moving right in particular, pressing on the right-control frequently registers as trying to draw in an area that can't. So instead of moving I get the buzz-of-death (hyperbole of course). Nonetheless, it's a cute a game. Now if only I would stop killing myself. :(
2010-11-08 02:38 b0owahaha
Great game for old and young. I can play this with my 5 year old! Great art, sounds, and responsiveness show that this a polished game.
2010-11-08 07:54 ElChive
Great game! This is surprisingly addictive. At first I thought it was more of a kids game, but it is actually quite fun for everybody.
2010-11-08 18:43 Swerving
2010-11-10 12:40 SPADEZ137
Great game, good level of challenge
If you were to combine the game Crayon Physics with a 2D platformer, you'd end up with this game. It's great fun, with some good puzzles to challenge you as you go.
2010-11-11 02:50 TheQuackFu
2010-11-11 00:43 GoKart Mozart
Every game platform needs their own physics & drawing game. The basic premise is pretty much the standard drawing and physics puzzle. I've played a few levels and hadn't encountered any timing challenges that could even make this be remotely considered an arcade game. There are small twists though, sune there are moving enemies and you lose all your "ink" at certain points. I find the latter mechanic somewhat contrived. It makes gameplay rather linear and effectively splits a single level to smaller levels with simpler challenges. Controls are too twitchy for my liking. I end up drawing stray strokes all the time. Some parts of the game work best with slightly more elaborate patterns, but I can't draw them because of the inherent inaccuracies of a touch screen and the limited zoom available. Graphics are par for the course and there's no story to speak of.
2010-11-10 18:40 seraline
2010-11-10 17:31 JSMID6
Fun mix of action and strategy. Gameplay is nice and fluid.
2010-11-11 06:22 StapleMonk
Fun game that makes you think
Fun physics based game that makes you think. Graphics are good but taking off one star since the controls are not perfect (it can be hard to draw exactly what you want with your finger). Overall a good game but also a bit expensive.
2010-11-12 08:24 MarxMarvelous37
Hate the controls. Very hard to use.
2010-11-13 00:35 Stoneysilence77
2010-11-12 21:50 VirtualMethod
Excellent game...revolutional control
2010-11-12 20:46 XXris
Great, unique game
Fun game with some novel ideas. Side-scrolling adventure with a side of physics puzzles. Very nicely done!
2010-11-12 18:44 SolidRoot
Excellent game. I didn't have any problems with the controls.
2010-11-12 13:08 Funk Brother J
My daughter loves this game. Fun for adults too.
2010-11-13 05:08 amitshelley
So polished, one of the best mobile games I have ever played
2010-11-13 01:58 incendy
Great game, fun and nice graphics.
2010-11-14 05:35 CoyoteMunoz
2010-11-14 23:40 IFightFoo
Controls can be rough but worth it
I do have problems with the controls sometimes - I am trying to move and instead it thinks I am drawing something very boring in some very uninteresting part of the screen. Despite that it is a good game that looks and feels very polished.
2010-11-15 22:30 Cyrce
Delightful and polished
What great fun. The emphasis is on gentle action and light problem solving, This is my first "draw things on the screen"-style of game, so it took me a while to understand the ways in which drawing things can help out, but old pros shouldn't have the same issues.
2010-11-15 21:00 Graceful Ghost
Fun game, well done visually too.
2010-11-15 17:23 HugeBeard
Novel and enjoyable. My 4yo likes it too. Difficulty's pretty low, and doesn't push hard enough for creative solutions.
2010-11-17 03:32 Lertulo
Good graphics, sound, and game play.
2010-11-18 08:12 BillyJackMan
Great game.
2010-11-18 07:33 Tigerstyle38
This game is fun! The controls can be a bit pokey at times but otherwise great gameplay!
2010-11-18 18:46 lusserr
Great fun
I like how I can draw things to solve the puzzles the way I want. The controls are a little tricky at first, but it gets easier after the first 30 minutes.
2010-11-18 17:19 Mortlath
Great game. But can improve on the controls
Game is very fun. However the controls are a little difficult for moving around. It always thinks I'm trying to draw in the controls area.
2010-11-19 08:28 rL8m
Great game, controls coudl be better
This game is so fun, and so imaginative. The only downside is that the controls are a bit hard to use, but I got used to them eventually.
2010-11-20 01:47 CareerLlama
I love this game. I haven't done much portable gaming in years and I have been jamming out on this all week.
2010-11-19 19:42 Devious Overdos
2010-11-21 19:54 Lord Gauron
Wow! Fantastic art and sound. Pretty fun game play too.
2010-11-22 09:17 superbouncyball
Very addicting game. Decent challenge for anyone.
2010-11-23 01:13 Dredknot636
2010-11-23 17:10 The After Sheep
2010-11-24 08:42 Compulim
Pretty fun game to play. I still miss physical buttons which I think will make the game play a lot smoother, but overall it is really good game and a solid 4.5 stars
2010-11-24 06:44 Uncle Joy
Really the game I wanted for my 8 years old
Nice graphics; easy but not trivial to play. It can keep my son busy forever. Really the game I "needed" for my phone and "pacify" children :-)
2010-11-23 23:45 ffrachon
Cool Game
Easy to pick up and play. Fun and challenging.
2010-11-23 23:29 Malec
2010-11-25 22:52 MarceloAG
Fantastic game on the Samsung Focus. The screen is extremely responsive, controls are smooth and drawing is easy. For those reviewers complaining about the controls, you probably have a non-Samsung device. Should have done your research first.
2010-11-27 00:15 Untrained Medic
Fun game. I definately recommend it. My only concern is when drawing I, at times, find my finger going too far and then hitting the home screen button and leaving the game. That is annoying.
2010-11-26 20:58 AGION1
2010-11-26 13:59 MarkOrlassino
2010-11-27 04:21 ghizi
2010-11-28 02:21 Theboy18386
Oh my god, this game is awesome! Perfect touchscreen game with an amazingly entertaining combination of side scrolling platformer and crayon physics. This is by far the best mobile game I've played on any platform. Thank you so much for bringing this to us!
2010-12-03 03:12 TestDummy
Extremely entertaining game. Only issue is after completing a world, you start the first level on the next world but unless you complete that level, you must replay the final level of the previous world if you exit the game. If not for this flaw, it would earn a perfect 5 stars.
2010-12-02 18:43 forcetalent
Pretty *** good game. It makes you think about what to do next without being too complex. The first world gets you use to everything and from the looks of the the 2nd world makes your think a little without the games help. A must buy for anyone into a puzzle platformers
2010-12-02 15:29 Constantean21
This is a geat side scroller. Very fun.
2010-12-03 12:55 AntiPastryPig
Very innovative H scroller, nice graphics and good controls. Great fun.
2010-12-04 15:01 dams the frog
Should have been one of the only games I purchased for my HD7. Like super Mario but 40x better! Pple always want 2 play this game when they see my phone because its challenging.
2010-12-05 10:22 andrevtecvibe
2010-12-05 22:48 ChadWilliams
This is an amazingly fun game that makes you stop and ask how is this even possible? Truly a unique game. Put this on your must-have list!
2010-12-05 22:46 Wynn
2010-12-05 22:41 bigduckdog
2010-12-05 21:45 Mollberg
Rating 1 star because the update for this app is stuck in a loop on marketplace. Pathetic.
2010-12-05 18:45 EdibleManCannon
One of the most innovative and interesting game ever...
2010-12-05 17:56 TheTrueDesiNeo
2010-12-05 13:43 Prime Manister
Very innovative game:)
2010-12-05 12:43 Chuan Liu
Drawing things into the environment can be tricky when your thumb covers the screen, but the world is engaging and there's not a whole lot like this out there.
2010-12-06 22:58 Billservo
Love the idea of this! It took me a bit to figure it for someone with little time and not into gaming, this was a bit more challenging than I expected. But it was worth it.
2010-12-06 20:30 sillyamoeba
Great game, a pleasure to play.
It really deserves 5 stars, but there is some polishing needed, e.g., allow zoom out, show the direction arrows when paused (even if they're greyed...just so I know where to place my finger on resume), etc. Overall it is a joy to play this game.
2010-12-06 19:52 imbaig
Awesome game very fun and addicting
2010-12-06 18:38 DanielMv720
Very different and fun!
2010-12-06 13:58 BigSlimDCSR
2010-12-07 20:44 Stoyko Neykov
2010-12-07 03:12 pulseMOD
Unable to update
2010-12-08 07:10 Stoyko Neykov
Great game
2010-12-08 05:24 gordenblum
super fun
2010-12-09 08:34 Phoenix Eternal
creative gameplay
2010-12-08 16:37 lard DJ
2010-12-10 07:03 SurenAg
2010-12-10 05:23 cosomotion
I love the concept, but there are some serious issues with the implementation. A mobile game should be easy to pick up and put down, but this one has no good way to pause in the middle of a level and come back to the same place an hour later. This is especially confusing since it seems like you should go back to the last "max sign".
2010-12-10 01:33 niftysquirrel
2010-12-09 23:47 Gaederus
Great fun
2010-12-09 21:14 simorjay
Super fun but as others have said it can be a little tough to see over your thumbs and the same when you're drawing, it can be tricky to see exactly where your finger is pointing. Still very addictive and creative.
2010-12-09 19:00 physicsforpoets
A very fun game with a unique mechanic.
2010-12-09 17:17 Master Devwi
Awesome. So many possible creative ways to solve the puzzle. My kids and I really enjoy playing.
2010-12-11 03:48 cobiko
A great platfomer with a fun twist.
2010-12-10 23:20 flyingPenguin07
2010-12-10 18:26 TurbidChule
Pretty cool game, endless fun just wish I dint have to pay for it
2010-12-12 10:54 crubino0
Max & the Magic Marker - Average rating : 9 - Max : 10 - Based on 449 ratings and 449 reviews.