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Ballistic Reviews (Game Boy Color)

Ballistic Game Boy Color Title screen


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Ballistic comes from Mitchell Corporation, but this relatively unknown group of coders have not only developed a fun game, but one that's just as addictive as Tetris. Gameplay, like Tetris, is pretty basic. Balls enter the playfield on a spiral path; your goal is to keep the balls from reaching the center of the spiral by matching similar balls. There are three modes of play: Panic, which is the main game; Checkmate mode, where you have to clear the screen with a limited number of plays; and finally, Time Attack, where you clear the screen within a time limit. You can also link two Game Boys together for competitive play. It's a perfect game for the Game Boy, and even backward compatible for the original Game Boy. Any GB puzzle fan will find countless hours of enjoyment here.
The Next Level (Feb 16, 2000)
If you're looking for a puzzle game on the go that's simple to get into, but takes a while to master, I suggest taking a good gamble with this game. It's an excellent variation on Bust A Move and it hasn't left my Gameboy's cartridge slot since I got it.
Finally, the music is actually fun and catchy (it reverberated in my head after I played), and the graphics are adequate. Instruction screens are helpful, especially for those who don't read the instruction manual first. So, while you'll probably enjoy this game a few times, don't expect a classic.
Electric Playground (Dec 05, 1999)
While the PSX version had “Panic” (continuous) and staged modes (which allowed players to rest between waves of incoming orbs), the Game Boy Color version adds a nice little twist called Checkmate, which is a static, puzzle-oriented mode: the balls aren’t moving, thank God, but you’ve got a limited number of shots and must carefully preplan your attack to remove all the targets. Two-player gameplay via GameLink cable means that---as if the game weren’t stressful and vicious enough---you can go head to head with a person you will not be calling your “friend” for long.
GameSpot (Jan 28, 2000)
Control is simple and tight: Aim the cannon where you want to shoot a ball and hit a button to shoot it. This lack of complexity keeps the strategy purely at the surface of puzzle-game thinking and makes this more a puzzle game for casual players than anything else. Unfortunately, the game mechanic appeals to the lowest common denominator and as such can get a little boring at times. Still, Ballistic is a simple and fun game with a fairly innovative puzzle mechanic that's at least good for a while.