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AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
Sadly in-game audio is limited to muffled speech and sound effects. I'd at least have liked to hear the gruff voice of the Quarterback calling the play (as heard in the coin-op game). Graphically the game is good, with the robots looking very menacing. American Footy fans and action freaks alike should take a look at Cyberball.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Faster than the Amiga version, and contains many elements of the arcade machine and surprisingly faithful graphics. Cyberball fans should look out for this one.
Angesichts dieser brillanten Mega Drive-Umsetzung fällt einem erst richtig auf, wie schlampig die Computer-Versionen von Cyberball ausgefallen sind. Wohl dem, der Segas 16-Bit-Videospiel hat, denn hier wurde die originelle Spielidee glänzend realisiert. Die Grafik ist erstaunlich schnell, doch vor allem die hervorragende Spielbarkeit machen das Modul zu einem Leckerbissen für alle, die sich mit den American Football-Regeln auskennen (wichtige Voraussetzung!). Die vier Schwierigkeitsgrade, der gute Liga-Modus und die Sportschau-mäßige Wiederholung besonders gelungener Spielzüge runden das tadellose Programm ab.
Atari STST Format
Despite the impressive appearance of the game, some of the options that made the arcade version such a hit have not made it onto the ST. The only two-player mode available is as a team, and plays aren't as fluid as they were in the original. Cyberball relies on fast-paced explosive action and the hard, robotic battering should appeal to macho Gridiron fans in particular. If other "future sports" aren't tough enough for you, then work out your aggression on Cyberball!
Commodore 64Commodore Format
Cyberball is fast and smooth with pretty good graphics. The only thing is, once you get good at it, it's quite easy to beat the computer. A friend is an essential accessory.
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Domark's conversion of this superb Tengen coin-op is nearly a brilliant one. I say nearly, because while it features amazing graphics, all the sampled sound and speech of the coin-op (there's loads) and gameplay that mimics the arcade machine perfectly, there's one problem - it plays very slowly. Compared with the arcade machine there's a considerable drop in speed, and consequently play can become frustrating if you're used to whizzing around the field at high speed. If it had been just a little faster Cyberball would undoubtedly have been a C+VG HIT!. As it stands it is an extremely polished and enjoyable game that offers plenty of single or multi-player thrills and spills at a pace that fans of the arcade machine might find just a little too sedate. It's definitely a case of trying before buying.
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
The lack of the hard-hitting Amiga title tune was no surprise, neither was the graphical similarity. The ST version of Cyberball contains the same colourful, tough nut robots and atmospheric sound effects. Again, grid iron aficionados will probably like this.
Cyberball's only real minus point is the fact that you can't play against another player - the best that's available is two people playing as a team against the computer. Surely a four-way joystick adaptor could have been put to good use for all the options of the original? Nevertheless, this is a unique, entertaining and satisfying variation on the American Football theme.
Cyberball is surprisingly easy to get into with attractive graphics and excellent status/play select screens. Plays last mere seconds but gameplay is as rewarding as any other American Football program, a 200-yard running play for a touchdown is always terrific. Good to see the many plays implemented as well, pity there isn't a player vs player option though and what happened to the Turbo Boos feature? Otherwise, playable American Football fun well worth a look.
This is a conversion of the arcade game, and little has been lost in the process - too little perhaps. In the arcade fast action is needed to keep people feeding money in. In your own home there is nobody peering over your shoulder, smoking a roll-up and rattling the chains on his/her jacket (well, if there is they must be related to you). It is a bit of a disappointment that you are only allowed to complete one game, win or lose. There may be more arcade than strategy, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, and at least it is faithful to the original coin-op.
Dans l'ensemble un bon jeu, reste à voir s'il plaira au public français habituellement très réticent à ce type de sport.
Cyberball offers an interesting alternative to the traditional sports game. There is enough American footy to keep it recognisable, and enough variety to keep it interesting. An ambitious idea which is pretty good fun in the lean period between football seasons.
The only problem it really suffers from is a lack of speed. All told it is enjoyable but I can see it growing stale in the not-too-distant future.
Neat attract mode with diagrams of various robots, demo game.
Slow moving but otherwise a close enough representation of the coin-op.
Good title tune with some neat robotic speech, but disappointing in-game silence.
It's fun and, for an American football variant, not over-complex...
...but the lack of depth and a competitive two-player option - means the fun won't last that long.
Another faithful Tengen conversion.
There are some nice effects and bits of sampled speech. The graphics are good too and are very close to their coin-op parent. Fine in both graphics and sound departments.
It is not a laster. It will not take long to learn how to beat the other computer teams, which is a shame, things perk up when you play in two player mode – but not enough.
A simple, playable and enjoyable game which has been well converted. It is not going to keep you going for months but it is good for short-term fun.
ArcadeAll Game Guide
Passes, completions and other fundamental aspects of the game are sometimes erratic -- one of many reasons football purists will scoff. However, the game is undeniable fun for arcade-style sports enthusiasts. The cabinet has two monitors, enabling up to four players to join in at once.
LynxDigital Press - Classic Video Games
On a console, that would be enough to designate this game as a disaster. On the Lynx however, it just seems to work. It's fun to play in short bursts (even if you don't make it through all six quarters) and the quirks in the design are not that bothersome. Tournament Cyberball's unique spin on the sport is worth the asking price alone, and if you can find multiple players, this could very well turn into a personal classic.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
Nice idea but far too ambitious for the humble Spec. Die-hard fans could get some fun out of it.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
After a brief period of blubbing, I gave it a shot. Discarding the feebly superficial instructions, I flunked my way through a series of bewildering tactics screens only to flounder in the turgid gameplay. Loads of beefy robots chugging around smashing lumps off each other and trying to score a touchdown before the ball explodes - great in theory, crap in practice. The presentation is fine, but as the game plays more slowly than a half-dead inebriated sloth with chronic verrucas, by the time anything starts happening you've completely forgotten the tactics you'd chosen. Not that they meant much in the first place.
The music gets nerve-twinging, but the voices are moderately close to authentic. Overall Cyberball isn't a disaster, but it could have been so much more.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
If you like learning jargon like "Wide receiver in motion - pitch to left back swinging wide - wide receiver comes round for hand-off and follows surge left!" then you'll enjoy this game. It's very nicely put together and has cute little graphics. I can't help feeling, though, that it would have made more sense as a head-bashing arcade smash-'em-up, rather than the rather laboured strategic challenge it is now.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Euggh what a horrible game. What a desperate thing to do to such a great game and sport. Cyberball has always been a bit of a problem to play, it's way too complicated and the graphics on this version just make things worse I'm afraid.
Commodore 64Commodore Format
The excellent presentation of the game itself amounts to nothing when placed alongside the ambiguous rulebook and disastrous gameplay. With more effort this could have been an excellent futuristic sport sim' but with existing flaws cannot really recommended.
With the immense amount of football games available on the Genesis, diehard fans should look elsewhere for their thrills. On the other hand, those wanting to just toss the ball around and maybe smash a few things in the process should give Cyberball a chance. Complete games can be had for peanuts on eBay, and it's a decent enough way to pass an afternoon, provided you don't really have much else to play.
Die Steuerung der Robbies erfolgt wahlweise über Stick oder Tastatur, ist aber in beiden Modi gleichermaßen schwammig und ungenau. Da hilft es auch nichts, daß sich die Programmierer in Detailfragen durchaus Mühe gegeben haben - der Robot im Ballbesitz ist gut zu erkennen, es gibt kurzfristig einen Turbo-Schub, um den Gegner stehen zu lassen, und defekte Kampfmaschinen können ausgewechselt werden - mir sind bei Cyberball nach kurzer Zeit nicht nur die Füße eingeschlafen!
Atari STPower Play
Knack, Knirsch, Rumpel: Wenn wuchtige Roboter zu einem American Football-Match mit ein paar kleinen Sonderregeln antreten, bleibt keine Schraube trocken. Die Umsetzung des Action-Sportspiels "Cyberball" von Amiga auf ST gelang quasi 1:1.
Mit 67 verschiedenen Spielzügen bietet Cyberball viel taktisches Krümelwerk für Football-Versierte. Diese Vielfalt wird ebenso wie die tolle Spielidee von der recht unbefriedigenden Steuerung runtergezogen. Nicht zuletzt wegen dem im Verhältnis zur Spritegröße recht engen Spielfeld ist Cyberball eher ein Lotterie- als ein Sportspiel. Das etwas schwammige Gefühl beim Steuern der Roboter verursacht den dumpfen Verdacht, daß gelungene Kombinationen eher Glücks- als Könnenssache sind. Wer eine ordentliche Football-Simulation sucht, greife lieber zu "TV Sports Football".
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Gegenüber der AMIGA -Fassung ist spielerisch alles beim alten geblieben. So könnt Ihr Euch auf einen gelungenen Managerpart freuen, der sich durch ein reichhaltiges Repertoire an Spielzügen auszeichnet. Auf dem Spielfeld geht‘s dagegen gewohnt langweilig zu. Die Robots, deren Steuerung äußerst träge ausfiel, kämpfen nämlich quasi im Zeitlupentempo um das „Blechei“. Logisch, daß da jeglicher Spielspaß flötengeht.
ZX SpectrumThe Games Machine (UK)
After the rather good Amiga version comes this naff Speccy conversion. Both the sprites and backdrops are mono, the characters look nothing like tough 20-foot-tall mean dude robots, and the movement (if you can call it that) is glitchy. Save your money.
Commodore 64Power Play
Selten habe ich so gravierende Unterschiede zwischen der Videospiel-Adaption und den Computerversionen eines Programms gesehen. Die Grafik ist weitgehend gleich, doch spielerisch liegen Welten zwischen beiden Cyberballs. Auf dem Mega Drive ist das Programm eine packende Action-Sportsimulation, sehr gut spielbar und voller Gags wie Ligamodus und Spielereinkauf. Die Computerversionen leiden insbesondere unter der miesen Steuerung.
Definitely not my cup of tea this: I couldn't stand playing it for more than 10 minutes. It takes absolutely ages to load, alright if you're in for a real stunner, but not if you're greeted by naff futuristic American Football. Nothing against American Football, but I object when it's played at this speed: it's unbelievably slow. The robot players crawl around the screen in a generally annoying way and aren't even very well-drawn. Graphics are mostly very poor, and in black and white too. Sound is equally bad with average tunes and the odd effect, including something I think was meant to be a crowd chanting.
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
CYBERBALL ist ein Game unter vielen. Seitens Grafik und Animation gibt diese ungewöhnliche Disziplin nicht viel und schon gar nichts Neues her. Da DOMARK unbedingt mit Roboterteams aufwarten mußte, fällt auch der Bezug zum realen Sportgame völlig flach. Zugeben muß man die nahe Verwandtschaft zum American Football. Diesbezüglich lasse ich jedoch lieber Rost und Staub selbiges bleiben und vertiefe mich in ein echtes Football-Game.
GenesisASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Grafik und Sound bleiben weit hinter den Erwartungen zurück. Der stockende Spielablauf tut ein übriges, um ein spannendes und flüssiges Spiel zu verhindern. Den deutschen Usern - siehe oben
- wird dieser Sport-Zwitter kaum Freude bereiten.
Novel, but ultimately boring.
LynxThe Video Game Critic
Atari probably realized they couldn't squeeze a legitimate football game onto the Lynx, so they took the "cybernetic robot football" approach. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but Cyberball is practically unplayable.