Copyright/Publisher: Sizzlers/Psygnosis Ltd, Conversion By: DMA Design,
Programmed By: Mike Bailly,
Graphics By: Steve Hammond, Music By:
Jason C.Brooke, Release Year: 1992,
Genre: Weird Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Remember Crossfire, the boardgame where two players fire ball bearings at a puck?
Well Ballistix is based on the same concept, except that instead of fixed guns you
get moveable arrows to fire the balls.
In two-player mode each player attempts to push the puck through the opponent's
goals. Various icons appear on the pitch and can be collected for extra points and
special features (such as temporarily jamming your opponent's gun!).
Solo play is against gravity with you trying to get the ball into the upper goals.
There are 64 progressively more difficult levels containing various obstacles
such as bumpers, tubes, and holes which 'teleport' the ball to another hole.
Game options include number of balls per side, gravity and arrow power, and
starting level (allowing access to later levels).
How dare the packaging call soccer silly?! I mean Ballistix is hardly an
intellectual game, just firing little balls at a puck - there's not even any
The one-player mode is a bit dull with similar bas-relief graphics and just
gravity as an opponent. Two-player games are much more fun and the numerous
options add extra interest to a simple concept.
Blasting lots of balls at a puck to score goals is a limited idea. But all the
various icons, and weird layouts on some levels, add quite a bit in playability.
In two-player mode it's good fun, causing lots of blisters on your firing finger
to prove it. But it's a shame one-player mode has you fighting gravity rather
than a computer player.