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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 Once you reach the half way mark, you will get to see the robotic half time show.
Cyberball Genesis The game pauses when you have to take an action.
Cyberball Atari ST And then the specific play
Cyberball Lynx Title screen

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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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Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 51 out of 100 51
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 5.4 out of 12 45
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 41 out of 100 41
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1990 4.8 out of 12 40
Questicle.net NES Aug, 2011 D- 16

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