Ballstix (Rerelease)
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, Number Of Players: 1 or 2

Much like the old 'Crossfire' board game, Ballistic involves two opposing players shooting ball bearings at a puck. The aim, of course, is to try and force it into your opponent's goal. Balls are aimed via a little arrow which you move over the vertically scrolling pitch.

To complicate matters, various icons appear to collect for special features that affect the behaviour of the puck or even jam your opponent's gun.

As well as the two-player game there's a solo obstacle course where you combat gravity to guide the puck through tubes and holesd etc on 64 tricky levels.

Ballistix first shot onto the scene in Issue 58 and, despite the 'Sizzlers' label name, earned 72%. Phil found the one-player mode 'a bit dull with similar bas-relieft graphics and just gravity as an opponent' but enjoyed the two-player game, as Did Stu: It's good fun, casuing lots of blisters on your firing finger to prove it.'

Looking back, I can't help feeling the game was slightly overrated, but its incredibly simple concept makes for an attractive budget game.