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The Mesmerizing Mindbending Marble Game.

Introducing a fiendishly fun puzzle game that will send your mind on twists, turns, spirals and swings. In Marble Drop, you devise the smartest way to get your colored marbles into their correct bins.

Sound easy? Just wait till you see the springs, splitters, triggers and teleporters that stand in your way. And remember: every marble you drop changes the path of the one that follows.

Outsmart each puzzle and wrap your mind around an ever more challenging kinetic contraption.
  • Each new marble switches the path for the one that follows. Making a mistake makes for interesting results.
  • Over 30 gadgets send your marbles on surprising new paths.
  • 50 different puzzles challenge you with increasingly intricate contraptions. 
  • Earn bonus points for solving puzzles with the fewest possible marbles.
  • Uncover perplexing hidden puzzles inside different levels.

~ from the back of the box

Ever played Marble Run as a kid? It was essentially Baby's First Rube Goldberg Machine and it kept me in good stead far longer than it probably should have. In 1997, Maxis developed a puzzle game around the concept named Marble Drop.

The aim is to drop coloured marbles into a gadget-filled contraption to fill up the panels as the bottom in the correct order. Problem is the route shifts and changes as each marble rolls through the course. Switches can alter pathways, gloop can stop a ball in its tracks or teleporters can randomly send you back to the top. It gets more confusing, confounding and compounding the further you get.

If you make a mistake, that ball is destroyed. Lost forever. You are only given a small number of coloured balls to begin with, giving you an incentive to complete the stage in the most efficient way possible. If you mess up, you can spend some of the points earned and purchase more, but once your down to zero, it's game over. You'll have to really test your lateral mind to complete each level.

I loved watching all the balls swirl to the bottom, but I must admit it can get a little tedious at time. Some runs may travel the contraption several times before it gets to the end. I guess the aim is to have multiple marbles going at once, speeding up the process by switching switches earlier but this is most certainly the more difficult method. I know I rarely wrapped my head around it correctly.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Marble Drop quite a bit. It's one of those time wasters you might expect to find on a current mobile device, but with this classic 90s release, the time you waste is all game. I miss those days.

To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses the DOSBox Daum build of DOSBox 0.74 running Windows '95. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.

IMPORTANT - Remember to shut down the emulated version of Windows before exiting DOSBox. This could potentially result in errors, lost saves and corrupt data. Press Ctrl-F9 when it is safe to do so.

File Size: 200 Mb.  Install Size: 382 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ


Marble Drop is © Maxis, Inc
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me

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  1. Does this include the V1.1 patch? Despite the URL, there's versions for both Win3.1 (16-bit) and Win95 (32-bit) - https://archive.org/details/MARBLE95

    1. Hello, this is the Windows '95 version at version 1.0. I had no issues while playing so didn't look for the 1.1 patch, which I believe only adds compatibility for the highest resolution (a moot point considering it's emulated and successfully runs at its highest resolution).

      I wen't for the Windows '95 emulation over Windows 3.1 as the former ran much better than the latter. Perhaps that patch would've been necessary when emulating the Win3.1 environment but I completed the game perfectly fine using my configuration in the installer.

  2. omg Marble Drop! Thank's man... I look for this game to roll on windows 10 so much ... thank you very much!

  3. Does not work! Installed it... one error message after another... :-(

    1. Hi. I've just done a test and it's working for me. There are a few daylight saving popups at the beginning which isn't an error message. Read the FAQ for more info on this and other possibilites why it may not be working.

    2. I am pretty sure I am getting the same error message... Performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. Any idea what went wrong?

  4. you are a hero thank you I was already so far that I had a portable windows 98 VM where I could play marble drop, but I always had to start my windows 98 for a long time and I could never get the mouse to move smoothly in PCEM.
    I'll try to read more about these windows-enabled SVN dosbox builds, maybe I'll somehow get my other games running smoothly with them.
    I wish you all the best and thanks again !!!

  5. I've been looking for this game for a long time. I used to play it on my dad's work laptop cause it's the only computer we had. I loved it so much. Thank you so much for having this here!