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Parents' Guide to

Marker Man Adventures

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Drawing-enabled platformer unnecessarily hard to master.

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Marker Man Adventures is the sort of game that ought to be a critic's darling. From its quirky, minimalist graphics -- the colorful world and characters look as though they could have been drawn by a artistically inclined preschooler -- to its inventive brand of draw-your-own-tools play, it would seem that there was no way it could possibly fail. And yet, in too many ways, it does.

The biggest problem is a lack of direction. Players are thrown into the game without being told about any of the specific objects they can draw or how they work. Similarly, there’s no explanation of what the onscreen icons mean or how to go about replenishing health so that Marker Man doesn’t quickly use up his lives and get thrown back to the start. Even once players have figured out how the game works (likely by flipping through the instruction booklet, which is brief but efficient) there’s a good chance they’ll still have a hard time of it, as no guiding strategies are ever provided. Make no mistake; this is one challenging physics-based puzzler. It can be fun, but it’s a shame that it’s been made so inaccessible.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Majesco
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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