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Marmalade is a game engine and app development platform that uses C++ to create high-performance applications for mobile, desktop, and smart devices. It lets developers write code once and deploy across multiple platforms without major rewrites, thanks to its cross-compilation system. Marmalade also provides access to native APIs on each supported platform, offering more control over the final product than some other engines that rely heavily on abstraction layers or scripting languages. By reducing the need for separate development efforts tailored to specific operating systems or hardware architectures, Marmalade can help speed up the process of bringing apps and games to market while maintaining quality standards across different devices. However, in recent years it has been surpassed by other game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine in terms of popularity and features offered for modern game development needs.