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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 7
Hoppin' Mad ZX Spectrum The wasp there will burst a ball so there is an advantage to staying low
Hoppin' Mad Amstrad CPC If any ball touches an inhabitant, it will be punctured
Hoppin' Mad Commodore 64 Level 10

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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

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Lemon64 Commodore 64 Mar 18, 2002 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 67 out of 100 67
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1988 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 7.2 out of 12 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 576 out of 1000 58
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 570 out of 1000 57
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Sep, 1988 517 out of 1000 52
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1988 5 out of 10 50


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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,
Contributed to by Martin Smith (79214) and Katakis | カタキス (42880)
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