Copyright/Publisher: Domark/Tengen, Programming By: Chris West, Graphics By: Tony West,
Music By: Teque, Release Year: 1990, Genre: Weird Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
American football has grown so violent that by 2022 only huge robots can play it!
As in present-day gridiron, the offence try to advance the ball up the field
with the eventual aim of scoring a touchdown.
However, instead of hacing four chances to advance ten yards they have to
reach the 'defuse line' before the ball explodes! The offence can choose to run,
pass or use an option play (a mixtture) - in any case four options are presented.
Similarly the defence gets to choose from a variety of short, medium, and long defences.
On all plays, the quarterback first gets the ball before handing or passing it
to a collegue to whom control switches. When passing, the quarterback has a choice
of three targets to throw to. Field goals are not allowed, instead you must either
run or pass the ball into the endzone from a goal-line position.
Cyberball is surprisingly easy to get into with attractive graphics and excellent
status/play select screens. Plays last mere seconds but gameplay is as rewarding as
any other American Football program, a 200-yard running play for a touchdown is
Good to see the many plays implemented as well, pity there isn't a player vs
player options though and what happened to the Turbo Boost feature? Otherwise,
playable American Football fun well worth a look.
Eight months after the 72% Amiga version we have the C64 game, looking very nice
with attractive sprites, slick scrolling and good presentation screens.
Actual gameplay should appeal to most American Football fans, with lots of plays
to master. Non-fans might find the game a little bitty - you seem to spend most
of your time picking plays which take mere seconds to collapse into failure.
Successful plays make it worthwhile though, and with practise you can improve -
especially on the tricking passing throws. This is a top-notch conversion, even if little
advantage is taken of the cart.