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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 Amstrad CPC Select your play.
Cyberball Atari ST Nothing doing from that one
Cyberball Atari ST Loading screen
Cyberball Genesis Choosing what single player league to play in.

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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

Power Play Genesis Oct, 1990 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1990 80 out of 100 80
The One Amiga Apr, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Lynx Sep 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Lynx Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 41 out of 100 41
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Sep, 1990 4.4 out of 12 37
Questicle.net NES Aug, 2011 D- 16

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