Excerpt: I read the intriguing press releases concerning Max and the Magic Marker. They piqued my curiosity. All kinds of tears and sadness ensued when I realized Family Friendly Gaming was not receiving a reviewable copy. No need to fear though because I scraped together the money to purchase it myself. Players control Max, along with a Magic Marker. Things that are drawn immediately interact with the environment.
Great physics game with cute story, requires steady hand.
Common Sense Media
5 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Max and the Magic Marker has the kind of story, art, and gaming style that will appeal to very young children who may simply not have the level of dexterity required to play. Kids don't need to be artists to play, by any means, but they do need to be able to draw straight lines in the proper places at the proper angles. There is also a big platform-jumping aspect to the game, which requires even more exactness and precision.
Summary: Max & The Magic Marker continues the legacy of innovative and unique titles that have been coming out of the WiiWare service as of late. It’s not a long game by any means, nor is there a whole lot to do after you’ve completed the main game (unless you like collectibles), but the core experience is good enough to warrant the $10 it will run to download this game.
Conclusion: Max & the Magic Marker probably could have been done on either of the other two consoles with decent results, much like Okami originated on PS2. However, the natural feeling you get when using the Wii Remote to control Max's magic marker is delightfully intuitive, and the entire experience exemplifies what WiiWare games should attempt to live up to. The game's a bit short, but you'll still get a good few hours of fun out of the adventure.
Conclusion: In all, you can expect around 5 hours of gameplay. That doesn't seem like a lot, but the experience is at least fun. Max and the Magic Marker is an ambitious game, one I wouldn't feel bad about recommending.
Summary: Although it doesn't really do anything other "drawing" games haven't already done before, Max & the Magic Marker is a very enjoyable and sizeable platforming romp, and one you'll definitely want to see through to the end. The collectibles will keep you coming back until you've got 100%, which can be pretty challenging, but it will be worth it.