This game definitely takes place in space, but it's only a distant cousin of football. Despite the misleading name, Triffix's Space Football is a good game in its own right. The basic game play throws you behind the wheel of a RetroGraw, which is a high-speed hovercraft that handles much like the Teacup ride at Disneyland would if one of the cups was flung into Tomorrowland.
The object of the game is to canny the Hoverball into your opponent's end zone to score a (space) touchdown. Sound easy? It would be if it weren't for the (space) field obstacles, your opponent's (space) missiles, and the four-second Hoverball holding time limit. After which, the ball launches from your RetroGraw.
You can play this game in one- or two-player mode. In one-player games, there are 32 levels of play with different playing fields and increasingly challenging robotic opponents. To win, you can either score five points before your competitor or have the leading score when the five-minute time period runs out.
ProTip: If you're ahead and the time is running short, follow your opponent and fire your missiles at him whenever he picks up the ball.
Hold On to Your Stomachs
The first thing you'll notice once you're behind the wheel of a RetroGraw is that the movement and perspective bares a striking resemblance to F-Zero. A word of warning from the folks at Triffix: too much exposure to this game in one sitting may induce motion sickness. Consider it an added challenge, and appreciate the smooth-flowing graphics and beautifully wacky backgrounds until you're blue in the face. The split-screen mode adds an impressive touch. More attention to the detail of the ships and the background would have made this game breathtaking.
The Space Grid Iron
As with most sport games, Space Football is a competitive game that's most fun in two-player mode. Not being able to hold onto the Hoverball makes this a frantic chase without much time for strategy. The best players are those who plan their ship's route in advance.
Each of your ships is equipped with shells to fire at the opposing player. The field is covered with brightly-colored patterns and features that help and hinder your cause, such as Magnetic Force Field Arrows that will only allow you to move in one direction, jumps for fun, speed-ups for velocity, and power-ups that revitalize your ship after heavy shelling.
- Save your shots. To inflict more damage on your opponent, fire less often, but accurately.
- At the beginning of the game or after a point, immediately Track the ball by pressing Up and then go for it. Sounds Good?
Not really. In fact, the sound effects and music that accompany the game are pretty poor. Luckily, there's a sound on/off switch on the options menu.
Space Football is a blast as a two-player foray into the realm of the absurd, but more detail would have made this game a candidate for your instant classic collection. Instead, this is an inventive and fun game that offers enough challenge and wowie-zowie graphic effects to make you play it often. The fastest sport in the universe will grab you by the laces and take you for a spin.
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Players travel to exotic locations throughout the galaxy and suit up for super-speed football action in stadiums where gravity is suspended! Jump into the cockpit of a RetroGrav and get ready for the fastest, most dangerous sport this side of the Milky Way! In Space Football, the object is to grab the roving hoverball and blast through your end zone! But there are plenty of hazards to stop you from scoring...
Magnetic flux fields that drain your energy, spincycles that twist you out of control and, of course, an assortment of well-armed opponents that are waiting to crush your ship into dust! Play against a variety of robot warriors (vs. the computer), or in one-on-one action against your friends! See if you have what it takes to become the ultimate high-speed hero in this fantastic fantasy game!
- Choose from 3 levels of competition difficulty and play in 32 bizarre and deadly arenas!
- Race across the fields of play at hypersonic speed - and still turn on a dime with instant reflex-action!
- Master the gravity wave radar to lock-on and capture the floating hoverball.
- Earn Pass Codes that allow you to return to the last level of intense action!
- Out of this world graphics - Only from Triffix!
This not your average Sunday afternoon football game. This is the wave of the future, one-on-one Space Football. These brave individuals will go to any lengths to defeat the opponent and prevail victoriously above a rowdy crowd. All you have between you and your opponent is your trusty spaceship and the huge playing field. The object of the game is to grab the football, turn tail and run to your goal! (Pretty basic, huh?) When the goal is reached, you will be given one point. Your ship is also equipped with fake footballs that you can shoot at your opponent. The rest is simple, he who ends with the most points wins.