Cyberball

Critic Score User Score
Atari ST
...
...
Genesis
...
2.5
ZX Spectrum
60
1.2
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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 Atari ST The QB tried to go it alone but was sacked
Cyberball Atari ST Loading screen
Cyberball Amstrad CPC The kickoff is ready.
Cyberball Commodore 64 Loading screen

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
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Génération 4 Amiga Apr, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 60 out of 100 60
GamePro (US) NES Jan, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Video Games Lynx Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 5.4 out of 12 45
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1990 41 out of 100 41
Power Play Commodore 64 1990 41 out of 100 41

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