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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.


Ballistix BBC Micro An own goal
Ballistix DOS Gameplay shot, level 2
Ballistix TurboGrafx-16 Near the goal...
Ballistix DOS A game in progress (CGA)

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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) Amiga May, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 7 out of 10 70
The One for Amiga Games Amiga Aug, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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
The One for ST Games Atari ST Aug, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jan, 1990 589 out of 1000 59
Power Play Atari ST May, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 1992 19 out of 40 48


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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.


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

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