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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 ZX Spectrum The rough and tumble of the game
Cyberball Amstrad CPC The conversion didn't work because the ball exploded.
Cyberball Atari ST Choosing a type of play
Cyberball Atari ST The close action - notice that the yellow line is the target to avoid explosion

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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) Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Lynx Mar, 1992 75 out of 100 75
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 08, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 50 out of 100 50
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1990 48 out of 100 48
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Sep, 1990 4.4 out of 12 37
Questicle.net NES Aug, 2011 D- 16

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