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Ballistix

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
...
4.0
Electron
...
...
Amiga
67
3.3
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Description

Psygnosis' Ballistix is an arcade game in which you have to manipulate a ball in order to score a goal with your opponent. To do this, you will control an arrow that defines a direction, and pressing the fire key will launch a ball from this arrow in the direction the arrow points to; by launching balls at correct angles, you will manipulate the main ball and control the way it moves. Ballistix also keeps certain physics laws (namely gravity and friction), and will present you with varying obstacles in either one or two player mode.

Screenshots

Ballistix DOS Ballistix!
Ballistix BBC Micro Next level and more obstacles
Ballistix Electron Key selection page - notice the garbage at the top of the screen, used as program storage space
Ballistix Commodore 64 A game in progress

Alternate Titles

  • "כדור הרעם (Thunder Ball)" -- Israeli/Hebrew alternate title
  • "Ballistix!" -- BBC Micro / Electron in-game title

User Reviews

Fast cross between air hockey and pinball. DOS gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST May, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Oberoende COMputer (S) Amiga Apr 27, 1989 8 out of 10 80
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1989 686 out of 1000 69
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST May, 1989 64 out of 100 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 600 out of 1000 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 589 out of 1000 59
Power Play Amiga May, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1991 51 out of 100 51
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 1992 4.75 out of 10 48

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Trivia

Cover art

The game's cover art is a painting by Melvyn Grant called Steel Tsar. It was originally used as the cover for Michael Moorcock's 1981 novel The Steel Tsar, and also appeared on the 1987 reissue of Rocka Rolla, the first album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year. Category "Real Dogs"

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