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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 Choosing what single player league to play in.
Cyberball Genesis Workshop
Cyberball Genesis Cross the half way line, and the ball will be defused.
Cyberball Commodore 64 Kick-off.

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

ST Format Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Zzap! Amiga Jun, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jun, 1990 27 out of 40 68
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 60 out of 100 60
GamePro (US) NES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1992 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 41 out of 100 41

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