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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.


Cyberball ZX Spectrum Kick Off
Cyberball ZX Spectrum Team selection
Cyberball ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Cyberball ZX Spectrum Play-calling

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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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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Your Sinclair May, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Your Sinclair Sep, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Sinclair User Jul, 1990 60 out of 100 60
Sinclair User Aug, 1992 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) Jul, 1990 45 out of 100 45
Crash! Jun, 1990 41 out of 100 41


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Martin Smith (66852) added Cyberball (ZX Spectrum) on Jun 30, 2005
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