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Marko's Magic Football
Publisher: Domark
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega-CD
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-88086
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99[2] T-88086-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-88086-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-88086-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-88086-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$129.95[4] FMAR04SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046630



Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? T-88025-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-88025-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-88025-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-88025-50



Sega Game Gear
UK
£? T-88078-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-88078-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-88078-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-88078-50



Marko's Magic Football, known simply as Marko in North America, is a 1994 platform game developed and published by Domark for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD and Sega Game Gear. The Mega-CD and Game Gear versions were released exclusively in Europe, though the Mega-CD port was unofficially brought to the US via Good Deal Games who started selling unlicensed reproductions sometime in the 2000s.

In Marko's Magic Football you play as Marko, a football player who uses his football to complete various platforming tasks.

A Sega Master System version was reportedly in development at some stage too, although was cancelled.

History

Comic adaptation

Sonic the Comic included "Marko's Magic Football" comics strips. The single story arc was ruunning from issue #41 to issue #46. It's one of the few comic strips in Sonic the Comic that is based off 3rd party game.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programming: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr
  • Additional Programming: Chris West, Paul Margrave
  • Game Engine: Warren Mills
  • Animation: Jolyon Myers
  • Backgrounds: Tony West
  • Additional Backgrounds: Jolyon Myers, Matt Hicks
  • Music Score: Jolyon Myers
  • Sound Effects: Mike Ash, Jolyon Myers
  • Music Conversion: Mike Ash
  • Original Idea: Mark Strachan
  • Game Design: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr, Jolyon Myers, Tony West, Jason Orbaum, Jaid Mindang
  • Game Gear Team: Steve Pearce, Andy Taylor, Mike Adams, Jason Cunningham
  • Utilities: Colin Carter, Paul Margrave, Warren Mills
  • Marko Character Design: Tony West
  • Character Designs: Jolyon Myers, Jaid Mindang
  • QA Supervisors: Ken Jordan, Simon Huggins
  • Quality Testers: Gary Patino, Tim Mawson, Steven Frazer
  • Producers: Warren Mills, Jolyon Myers, Darren Anderson, Gary Patino
  • PR: Anna Macario
  • PR Porter: Jolyon Myers
  • Marketing and Advertising: Brynn Gilmore, John Hendrick, Anna Macario, Tammy Williamson
  • Management: Russel Ferrier, Jim Tripp, Matthew Timms, Brynn Gilmore
  • Special Friends: Stefan Myers, Kate Jones, Paul Walker, Martin Oliver, Andy Walker, Julie and Nina, Andrea Taylor, Mark Walker, Warren Ragg, John Fermor, Nemisses, Sharon Winship, Sue and Chriss Brooks, Sean Doyle, Terrie and Mathew Ayling, Justine Chany, Barry Fermor, Dink and Ann, Andrew Selfrigde Soggy, Simon Lindsel, Sue and Chris Brooks, Ed Gien, Mr Zoot
  • Special Thanks to: George Benson, Paul Daniels


Mega-CD version

  • Programming: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr
  • Additional Programming: Chris West, Paul Margrave
  • Game Engine: Warren Mills
  • CD Conversion: Andrew Oliver, Kev Brady
  • Animation: Jolyon Myers
  • Backgrounds: Tony West
  • Additional Backgrounds: Jolyon Myers, Matt Hicks
  • Music Score: Jolyon Myers
  • Sound Effects: Mike Ash, Jolyon Myers
  • Music Conversion: Mike Ash
  • Original Idea: Mark Strachan
  • Game Design: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr, Jolyon Myers, Tony West, Jason Orbaum, Jaid Mindang
  • Game Gear Team: Steve Pearce, Andy Taylor, Mike Adams, Jason Cunningham
  • Utilities: Colin Carter, Paul Margrave, Warren Mills
  • Marko Character Design: Tony West
  • Character Designs: Jolyon Myers, Jaid Mindang
  • QA Supervisors: Ken Jordan, Simon Huggins
  • Quality Testers: Gary Patino, Tim Mawson, Steven Frazer
  • Producers: Warren Mills, Jolyon Myers, Darren Anderson, Gary Patino
  • PR: Anna Macario
  • PR Porter: Jolyon Myers
  • Marketing and Advertising: Brynn Gilmore, John Hendrick, Anna Macario, Tammy Williamson
  • Management: Russel Ferrier, Jim Tripp, Matthew Timms, Brynn Gilmore
  • Special Friends: Stefan Myers, Kate Jones, Paul Walker, Martin Oliver, Andy Walker, Julie and Nina, Andrea Taylor, Mark Walker, Warren Ragg, John Fermor, Nemisses, Sharon Winship, Sue and Chriss Brooks, Sean Doyle, Terrie and Mathew Ayling, Justine Chany, Barry Fermor, Dink and Ann, Andrew Selfrigde Soggy, Simon Lindsel, Sue and Chris Brooks, Ed Gien, Mr Zoot
  • Special Thanks to: George Benson, Paul Daniels


Magazine articles

Main article: Marko's Magic Football/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 062.pdfEGM US 062.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
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CVG UK 150.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #150: "May 1994" (1994-04-15)
also published in:
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ConsolesPlus FR 042.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #42: "Avril 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №32, p130/131/132
60 №151, p55[2]
64 №20, p56/57[7]
85 №21, p26/27/28
83 №43, p88/89[8]
82 №55, p34/35
82 №33, p46/47
79 №29, p11
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MarkosMagicFootball MD US Box.jpg
Cover
MarkosMagicFootball MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
MarkosMagicFootball MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
MarkosMagicFootball MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
Marko md br cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU
MarkosMagicFootball MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
Marko MD AU Cart Silver top.jpg
Marko MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
Cart
MarkosMagicFootball MD AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
59 №1995/04, p91[9]
70 №21, p92/93
Sega Game Gear
65
Based on
2 reviews

Game Gear, EU
MarkosMagicFootball GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMarkosMagicFootball GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MarkosMagicFootball GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Marko's Magic Football GG EU Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №55, p112[10]
Sega Mega-CD
77
Based on
1 review

Mega-CD, EU
MarkosMagicFootball MCD EU Box Back.jpgMarkosMagicFootball MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MarkosMagicFootball MCD EU spinecard.jpg
Spinecard

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2b8c8cce
MD5 74e2d605309f3d23174d6ac15d7c9608
SHA-1 b73d01599d8201dc3bd98fdc9cc262e14dbc52b4
2MB 1994-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2307b905
MD5 62854ed2fcf40402785eb9e3a6aa0137
SHA-1 717e924db1ac7cfd099adb6031a08606fcb30219
2MB 1994-04 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 0273e564
MD5 dc6d5e720794bcdc98852184cac9c268
SHA-1 42b871c3a91697e1d7b8c6f1eae9d2a8b07a0fca
2MB 1994-03

References

  1. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 151.pdf, page 55
  3. File:CVG UK 150.pdf, page 17
  4. File:Gamestar AU 05.pdf, page 82
  5. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 302
  6. File:MeanMachinesSega20UK.pdf, page 19
  7. File:MeanMachinesSega20UK.pdf, page 56
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 043.pdf, page 86
  9. File:MegaFun DE 1995-04.pdf, page 91
  10. File:PlayerOne FR 055.pdf, page 114