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The player controls four bouncing balls that must make their way through twelve environments ranging from park to desert and beach to undersea world, collecting up to ten balloons in each. Each one of the balls must deal with several hazards, by jumping over them or crushing them. Collision with any of these will cause a ball to burst.

The player can speed up or slow down the balls, or control their height, to make it easy to avoid these hazards. If all four balls have been punctured, the player loses a life. Once all ten balloons have been collected, the player is transported to the next environment, and when they have managed to get through all twelve environments, the player is transported back to the first environment.


Hoppin' Mad Amstrad CPC Level 2
Hoppin' Mad Amstrad CPC Level 7
Hoppin' Mad Amstrad CPC Level 1
Hoppin' Mad Amstrad CPC Level 8

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hopping Mad: Boucing Madness!" -- UK tag-lined title (Encore budget release)
  • "Hopping Mad" -- UK title
  • "Cataball" -- Initial title used in 1987 Trio compilation

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1990 67 out of 100 67
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1988 64 out of 100 64
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1988 517 out of 1000 52
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1988 4 out of 10 40


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Canceled NES version

A prototype of Hoppin' Mad for the NES exists. However the NES version was going to feature different levels than the computer version that was released,
Katakis | カタキス (43211) added Hoppin' Mad (Amstrad CPC) on Jun 26, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (81067) and Katakis | カタキス (43211)
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