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After American Football players started cheating by using bionic parts, the game was forced to change its rules. By 2022, the game was played not by humans, but two teams of seven robots. To spice things up, the usual pig skin ball was replaced with a 350 pound bomb.

Cyberball brings this fast and furious action to life. Gameplay is essentially the same as the real sport, although the 'downs' are replaced by the bomb's heat gradually increasing towards 'critical'. After this it will explode and possession will be swapped. This is prevented when you cross the 50-yard line, lose possession or score a touchdown, in which cases it resets to 'cool'. Field goals and punts are not featured - the only kick is the initial kick-off you receive.

Control passes from the quarterback (thrower) to the intended catcher as soon as a pass is released. The two-player game is co-operative - on offense one player passes and the other receives.

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Cyberball Genesis Explanation of the time limit on possession
Cyberball Amstrad CPC Choose your controller.
Cyberball Lynx Select your play.
Cyberball Genesis ... Which works!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tournament Cyberball 2072" -- Lynx In-game title
  • "Tournament Cyberball" -- Lynx title
  • "Cyberball: Football in the 21st Century" -- Japanese tag-lined title
  • "Cyberball 2072" -- Alternate Lynx in-game title
  • "サイバーボール" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1990 77 out of 100 77
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Lynx Sep 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) NES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Questicle.net NES Aug, 2011 D- 16

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