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Hi everyone and welcome to the May 2017 of Which Is Best?
(All previous episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwNreNhW7CgheHTRuhjGLOIQy_y29bGub).

Last month I placed two of the most famous remembered games of the ZX Spectrum,...Chuckie Egg vs Manic Miner which no doubt challenged your loyalties to the max (Zeus's sick way of fun) and it was all down to the votes on the WOS site which were heavily in favour of Manic Miner although they all loved Chuckie Egg also but it was those votes that pushed Manic Miner to the winning line with 51 votes to Chuckie Egg's 37 votes, Chuckie was actually well ahead to begin with until the voters at WOS site had their say,...I'm a little bit gutted I have to say as Chuckie Egg was one of my fondest gaming memories, anyway great edition!

This month I place two versions of Marble Madness on the Megadrive / Genesis system against each other,....the Western version by Electron Arts and the Japanese version by Tengen, which would you prefer to have in your collection if you are a Marble Madness fan?!, which is the better conversion?!,...only you can decide that, happy voting!
Oh yes, the time cheat was used to show all of both versions and YES i know I'm not very good at them lol.


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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 15:50:57 PM »
Both games seem to have great gameplay. Subtle differences like the ball color and music could sway a player.

Hard choice. At this time EA was at the top of their game . They were willing to take chances and released a diverse selection of titles. Same could be said about Tengen which is or was Atari. lots of respect for both companies at that time.

My vote is for Electronic Arts.

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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 14:14:31 PM »
Both games seem to have great gameplay. Subtle differences like the ball color and music could sway a player.

Hard choice. At this time EA was at the top of their game . They were willing to take chances and released a diverse selection of titles. Same could be said about Tengen which is or was Atari. lots of respect for both companies at that time.

My vote is for Electronic Arts.

And not forgetting the slightly earwrenching music of the EA version ;-)

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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 07:29:28 AM »
I didnt remember how awful the EA music was, wow it's like a chorus of male Tom cats singing for their supper. I'd go Tengen purely for that reason. I want to now play it with unlimited lives. This is one game that lots of the conversions are decent too.

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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 11:31:27 AM »
I didnt remember how awful the EA music was, wow it's like a chorus of male Tom cats singing for their supper. I'd go Tengen purely for that reason

Ha yeah, I know what you mean lol.

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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2017, 21:09:50 PM »
I must be tone deaf.  ;D By release screens the Tengen version was two years later. In technology time that could be 24 months to enhcance the gameplay. Just sayin'. :P :D

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Re: MARBLE MADNESS (MD - WEST 'EA' vs JAP 'TENGEN') - WHICH IS BEST?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 22:33:48 PM »
JAP "TENGEN" VERSION WINS, 24 VOTES TO 2 FOR THE EA VERSION.
NEW EDITION COMING SHORTLY.