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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.


Cyberball NES Some information
Cyberball NES Main menu
Cyberball Atari ST Title screen
Cyberball Atari ST That pass could be dangerous

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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 80 out of 100 80
ST Format Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Commodore User Arcade Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Lynx Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1992 55 out of 100 55 Genesis Oct 08, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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