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a game by PF Magic
Genre: Fighting Games
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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This game is not or the faint-hearted. Get ready for some serious ball-smashing in this unique fighter. A group of super-hackers, represented by virtual-reality fighters consisting of spheres, are gathering to do battle. Jester, a crooked cyberhacker who is hosting this tournament, has invited a crew of his own Bosses to fight as well!


A fighting game using 3-D rendered spheres? A cool idea, and it really came across well in this game.


The control for this game is difficult. With a viewpoint that rotates, directions become confused.


Some of the comments for the display board are just outright rude. "Do you have the Ballz to win?"

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Accolade
  • Machine: Genesis

Did you ever wonder how Elvis got to be a black belt so quickly? Perhaps it was through a code like one of the following two. We can't make you a black-belt, but at the very least we can get you to red and green belt status without too much trouble.

  • Manufacturer: Magic
  • Machine: Genesis

Yes, it's called Ballz and no, it doesn't have any. The 3-D graphics make it hard to connect with an opponent which, by the way, all kinda look alike. If you're a fan of spitting, farting or whacking folks with baseball bats, you might enjoy this.

  • Manufacturer: PF. Magic, Inc
  • Machine: 3DO
  • Theme: Fighting

Ballz is a fighting game like no other. Your characters are made up of a number of balls of different colors. They have been arranged in various recognizable patterns to make up the fighters. Some of these range from a kangaroo to a ballerina.

The visual effects are really cool, as each character has several moves, and you can now move on a three-dimensional plane. This adds tremendously to the amount of technique involved.

There aren't that many 3DO fighting games out there, and Ballz really stands out. This is worth seeing, because it's so different from others of its kind.

Although basically the same game as the Genesis version, this Ballz suffers from terminal slowness. Since SNES owners have plenty of good fighters available, Ballz seems a bit flat.

Basic Ballz

The Ballz fighters remain the same. You pick one of eight fighters, battling the others and four bosses in a quest to annihilate the Jester, a maniacal master of ceremonies. The fighters range from a loony clown to a Russian dancer.

The pervasive rudeness of the game remains intact, though the insults seemed more appropriate (and funnier) on the Genesis. The special moves, ball-talities, and morphs from the Genesis version are all here.

Round Mound of Sights and Sounds

The innovative graphics look better than they did in the first game. Each Ballz fighter has a new 3D look, with enhanced rendering and well-illustrated moves. But they must have been programmed to move like a law through Congress...slow, steady, and without much pizzazz. The backgrounds, which match the fighter with the better record, look a lot better.

The sound seems to be the only thing with speed. The frantic drone of the music gets annoying, and the funky hip-hop rhythms that thumped on the Genesis version are replaced by a hybrid of speed rock and traffic noise.

Control problems add to Ballz's difficulties. The SNES version's use of the extra controller buttons complicates moves that were simple on the Genesis. And then there's Old Mr. Slowdown. The computer A.I., however, has been pumped up a bit, so don't expect to walk home with a belt anytime soon.

Ballz Stailz

With Super Street Fighter II and MKII already on the shelf, Ballz seems out of place for SNES owners. It just goes to show you that what's innovative one month is old news the next. The SNES Ballz may interest fanatical fighters who must have every fighting game for their collection, but it may just deflate the rest of you.

With a ton of fighting games choking the video game scene these days, a new fighter really has to have something special to keep it alive. Ballz has three things going for it: innovative graphics, great sound, and a sense of humor.

Havin'a Ballz

PF Magic is new on the video game scene, and Ballz is its ticket to the big time. You play in a high-tech arena run by the Jester, a maniacal cross between Shang Tsung and Bozo the Clown. He has a slew of wacky warriors, from a headstrong rhino to a jaw- cracking kangaroo. Each fighter has their own set of regular and special moves, and they all possess the ability to morph into another character.

You also have a cyclone or explosion attack that damages your opponent even if they block. Along with an antiaerial attack (which prevents enemies from attacking with flying kicks), the game has a balance unseen in more well- known "quickie" fighting games (like the original Mortal Kombat for the Genesis).

A Different Kind Of Fighter

The graphics break new ground, though they are a bit, well...sphere-oriented, let's say. Every fighter is a configuration of different-sized balls, but they all move with such fluidity and ease that you soon forget they're just 2D circles. The fighters even scale in and out of the background, an effect that is accomplished better than it was in the Fatal Fury series. One drawback with the graphics is the lack of background detail, which remains a dull constant amid the other fireworks.

The sound is a funky mix of great music and hilarious sound effects. For instance, when Divine goes into her Spanking move, each character squeals out a different cry of pain. The high-tech disco deserves radio play.

The Way the Ball Bouncez

Ballz takes the increasingly routine genre of fighting games and gives it a new bounce, injecting a wicked sense of humor into the action. The screen in the background flashes some of the best put-downs ever seen in a game. And yes, Slasher, there are combos in this game, making it a complete fighter, not just a breezy imitator. You gotta hand it to PF Magic -- it's brand new, but it just smashed Ballz over the fence for a grand slam.


  • When a fighter goes into a cyclone or explosion attack, move away and attack when they're dizzy (after they complete the move).
  • Repeatedly pressing Button A during a grapple makes a fighter do their special move. Continue pressing A after a special move is completed, because some fighter, like Divine, will repeat the move.

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots