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Cyberball

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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NES
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4.8
Genesis
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2.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Cyberball NES Title
Cyberball Atari ST Run options
Cyberball Genesis Title screen
Cyberball Genesis Cross the half way line, and the ball will be defused.

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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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Genesis Oct, 1990 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GamePro (US) NES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 08, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1990 48 out of 100 48
The Video Game Critic Lynx Nov 27, 2006 F 0

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