Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Max & the Magic Marker is well worth a purchase for anyone who has a younger PC gamer in the house.
  2. Help Max draw his way out of trouble in this clever physics based platformer.
  3. An inventive and enjoyable puzzle platformer. [Sept 2010, p.84]
  4. While I enjoyed playing Max & The Magic Marker on the PC, the overall experience felt cheapened by the fact it controlled better on the Wii and was priced higher than it should have been.
  5. Despite my problems with 'earlier' versions, Max and the Magic Marker has a lot more polish than I'd expect from a casual game, but not nearly as much as I'd expect from a commercially sold unit.
  6. If you look for a relatively short, entertaining game, Max and the Magic Marker is the right one for you. Fun gameplay, innovative ideas and loads of options make you replay levels over and over again.
  7. A good game, but it won't hit Peggle-esque heights of fame. [May 2010, p.87]
  8. 70
    The visual style and nice mix of platforming and drawing are sure to help it stand out, but the game doesn't match the depth of some of the better entries in the field.
  9. While not completely innovative, Max & the Magic Marker offers a cute and fresh, albeit brief, platformer for those young at heart.
  10. Sweet and adorable platformer focused primarily on kids suffering from inaccurate controls that ruin the whole adventure. Too much frustration comes from this console conversion. [Issue#191]
  11. 50
    In the end, it often comes down to understanding the solution but not being able to feasibly execute it. Add these difficulties to a rather repetitive five-hour adventure, and the game becomes more of a chore than an adventure.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    I enjoyed it very much and so did my nephew. most important thing for me are the 2d-physics and they work very well. You draw what should help you in this or that situation and ... it works. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2012
    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. Full Review »