Title Ballistix Publisher Psygnosis (1989) Game Type Sport Players 1-2 HD Installable No Compatibility All Amigas Submission Dennis Smith Profiled Reviewer Review Do you remember Crossfire? This was a board-game thing, not unlike blow-football, where you and an opponent had a stock of ball-bearings which could be fired at a larger puck in the middle of the board, with an aim to sending it into the opponent's goal. Part of the skill in the game was in how you dealt with your projectiles - if you fired them all off straight away, they were collected in your opponent's trough from which he or she could then fire them back leaving you powerless to intervene. Ballistix is exactly this game brought to the computer screen in the guise of a futuristic sport. Clearly influenced by the Bitmap Brothers' brilliant Speedball, computerisation allowed the introduction of all kinds of bounce-bars, bumpers, obstacles, speed-up arrows, warp zones, pipes and tubes; a few more control options and power-ups finish off the decoration but the game is essentially the same. The one-player game has you attempting to score against a sloped pitch, with no more dangerous an opponent than gravity, and becomes boring after a while. The sound effects and especially the graphics look very dated, not a patch on the Psygnosis games a couple of years later and quite laughable compared to their current software, but the two player game is still addictive fun, with more than enough options to allow you to tweak the gameplay to your heart's content.