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Ballistix

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
Commodore 64
...
4.0
Atari ST
66
3.5
Electron
...
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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 Gameplay shot, level 3
Ballistix Commodore 64 A game in progress
Ballistix DOS Title screen
Ballistix BBC Micro A colour change and yet more obstacles

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

Oberoende COMputer (S) Amiga Apr 27, 1989 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1989 686 out of 1000 69
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST May, 1989 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1989 7.6 out of 12 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 600 out of 1000 60
TurboPlay TurboGrafx-16 Feb, 1992 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 589 out of 1000 59
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1991 51 out of 100 51
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 1992 4.75 out of 10 48
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 2005 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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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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