Review: Ballblazer (Atari 7800)

In this review, we find out if we can have a ball in the Atari 7800 game Ballblazer. We find out how well this sports game plays.

This game was released in 1987. We previously played the Atari 5200 version and figured that there was no harm in trying the port to this console.

These two games are very similar in nature, so this review will simply cover the differences between the two versions.

The only difference seems to revolve around the somewhat improved graphics. While it is still a pretty impressive feet, it no longer has that edge of being one of the only first person perspective games anymore at this point. The graphics are still great for the time though.

The music is somewhat improved. While the music isn’t that bad, there isn’t much in the way of variety. In-game, it is still just percussion sounds depending on the situation. The intro music is probably the strongest point, though other games by this point have small libraries of music by now.

Overall, this game still stands out for it’s great graphics, though it is still running into some competition from other games. There is a one and two player component to the game. You can face off against a second player or take on droid’s 1-9 (the higher the number, the more difficult the opponent). So, an interesting technical accomplishment.

Furthest point in game: Defeated by droid 7.

General gameplay: 18/25
Replay value: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10
Audio: 3/5

Overall rating: 72%

Update: As pointed out by a reader, there is a computer opponent. The review and score has been updated to reflect this.

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  • Timothy Lamphear says:

    Did you even play this game? You can play against the computer “droid” with the single player option. In fact there’s 9 skill levels to choose from with the AI opponent. I don’t understand why you’re saying that this is a two player only experience!?

    • Drew Wilson says:

      I did play the game, however, when I wrote the review, I apparently missed the option to activate a computer opponent. That is my mistake. I took a look at the game a second time, found it, and updated both the review and score accordingly. Thanks for pointing this oversight out.

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