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Ballblazer

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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3.5
MSX
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3.5
Atari 5200
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Description

In the year 3037, the most competitive sport in the known universe is Ballblazer. For the first time ever, humans from the planet Earth have won the right to compete in the final round of the Ballblazer Championship, to fight for Earth's honor and the title Masterblazer!

Ballblazer is a 3D futuristic soccer-like game, where the player (inside a Rotofoil) is set on a one-on-one 1,155 square playing field (the Grid). The objective of the player to kick a floating ball (Plasmorb) inside the opponent's goal (Goalbeams). A player may compete against a human or computer opponent.

The Rotofoil is equipped with a multi-purpose forcefield. This forcefield when in short distance of the Plasmorb will act as a pull field, automatically pulling the Plasmorb towards to player. When a player in possession of the Plasmorb shoots, the forcefield will act as push field and launches the ball. When the match starts, the player must move down field and attempt to gain possession of the Plasmorb using the joystick and blast the Plasmorb to an intended direction.

The player should also be aware that the Goldbeams move slightly every second and the distance between them will shrink. The highest scoring goals are goals made when Goldbeams have disappeared across the horizon (Over The Horizon/OTH shots). A player may also attempt to steal possession of a Plasmorb by rushing beside the opponent and blast the Plasmorb away. The game ends when time runs out or a player wins 10 consecutive goals. If the game ends in a draw, over-time will apply and the first player to score will win the game.

Scoring
  • Close-in goals - 1 point
  • Goals near Goldbeams - 2 points
  • OTH shots - 3 points
  • Players may steal points from each other by making goals.
  • The total combined score of both players cannot accede more than 10 points.
  • A player winning 10 consecutive points automatically wins the game.

  • Screenshots

    Ballblazer MSX Credits screen
    Ballblazer Atari 8-bit Lucasfilm Logo
    Ballblazer Atari 5200 Atari logo. The game title is strangely absent here.
    Ballblazer Atari 5200 A game in progress

    Alternate Titles

    • "Ballblaster" -- Working title

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    User Reviews

    Simple Game but Lots of Fun Atari 7800 Josh Cating (5)

    The Press Says

    ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
    Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1986 98 out of 100 98
    The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Nov 04, 2006 A- 91
    The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Jul 21, 1999 A- 91
    Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90
    64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 13 out of 15 87
    The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 26, 2002 B+ 83
    Megablast Atari 7800 1992 71 out of 100 71
    Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
    Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 10, 2003 3 out of 10 30

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    Trivia

    1001 Video Games

    Ballblazer appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

    Tim Schafer

    Tim Schafer was an avid player of this game back in high school. When he was calling David Fox from LucasFilm Games to ask for a job in the company he told him that he loved Ballblaster to which Fox answered: "Well, the name of the game is Ballblazer. It was only called Ballblaster in the pirated version."

    Schafer eventually got the job thanks to the original resume he sent simulating a semi-graphic adventure of the time.

    The whole story.
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