Rollerball

a game by HAL Laboratory
Genre: Simulation
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 7.1/10, based on 8 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Pinball Games

The pinball game of the '50s meets the technology of the '90s! ROLLERBALL brings you two exciting new games in one.

SKYSCRAPER - A four-screen, vertical-scrolling pinball tour-de-force guaranteed to challenge any player, beginner or pinball wizard!

MATCHPLAY - Fast-paced head-to-head competition with a few twists you've never seen before! The electronic pinball game with true pinball flipper feel and ball action! The only thing it won't do is TILT!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Nintendo

The classic pinball game of the '50s, updated with the technology of the '80s - you've never seen a pinball game like Rollerball. Two game options, the four-screen scrolling excitement of Skyscraper and the one-on-one competition of Matchplay, bring a brand new challenge for old hands and novices alike. At last, a video game that gives Dad a chance to win! And, Rollerball won't tilt!

  • Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System

Challenge Your Skill With ROLLERBALL: Fire up for the ultimate pinball challenge. Four vertical scrolling screens extend ROLLERBALL's play area, and your fun. You can have multiple balls on all four screens. It's hot! Can you keep your ball in play long enough to reach the highest score? Play against the game or one on one with friends on the second screen, hockey version. You'll become a pinball wizard! It's the perfect family game (parents will love it because there's lots of fun, but no violence).

  • Manufacturer: HAL America Inc.;
  • Machine: Nintendo

Challenge Your Skill With ROLLERBALL: Fire up for the ultimate pinball challenge. Four vertical scrolling screens extend ROLLERBALL's play area, and your fun. You can have multiple balls on all four screens. It's hot! Can you keep your ball in play long enough to reach the highest score? Play against the game, or one on one with friends on the second screen, hockey version. You'll become a pinball wizard! It's the perfect family game (parents will love it because there's lots of fun, but no violence).

The pinball game of the '50s meets the technology of the '90s.

Hal America brings pinball to NES with Rollerball, and to Game Boy with Revenge of the 'Gator. Multi-screen, vertical scrolling pinball guaranteed to challenge any player, beginner or pinball wizard. The most life-like movement and game play of any video pinball game. GamePro magazine says "Revenge of the 'Gator's snazzy little reptiles show off Game Boy at its best".

According to Game Players Magazine, "Rollerball is truly a dream pinball machine".

Challenge your skill with Roller-ball. Fire up the ultimate pinball challenge. Four vertical scrolling screens extend Rollerball's play area, and your fun. You can have multiple balls on all four screens. It's hot! Can you keep your ball in play long enough to reach the highest score? Play against the game, or one on one with friends on the second screen, hockey version. You'll become a pinball wizard!

Not many people can afford a real pinball machine for their rec room, although many who grew up during the pre-video-game heyday of that classic American amusement would dearly love to. But now, if you have a Nintendo system, you can at least own the next best thing: a satisfying and addictive pinball simulation. There are several pinball games on the market for Nintendo systems, but nothing, I promise you, is like Rollerball.

To begin with, the basic board is huge — so tall it fills four vertically scrolling screens with bumpers, gates, flippers, knock-down targets, rollovers, and other gizmos. Rollerball is truly a dream pinball machine. Not only can you rack up phenomenal scores, but — with skill and a lot of luck — you can also work your way back up the board from the lowest level to the top. Despite hours and hours of play, and scores of500,000 points or better, I still haven't figured out all of the flashing, buzzing, whirring, and clanging permutations in Rollerball.

Rollerball also has a most innovative "match play board" on which two players can wage flipper-war, trying to wipe out each other's scores. You set the game for3,000 or 5,000 points, then try to zap the other player down to zero by lobbing the ball into the targets on his side of the board. In this hot and frenzied game, two balls are in play simultaneously. It's a nice variation on the basic pinball idea.

Another attractive thing about Rollerball — for adults—is that it's one of those rare Nintendo games in which parents have a fighting chance against their kids. Adults over 40 who typically shot lots of pinball in their younger days might enjoy the novelty of challenging the kids at their own Nintendo system and actually winning for once. Pinball, as any true aficionado knows, does not require the hand-eye coordination of a hyperactive 15-year-old. The best pinball players establish an almost Zen-like rapport with the flow of the ball and the zvhap! of the flippers. Even though Rollerball isn't the real thing, it lets you do just that.

For accomplished or aspiring pinball wizards, Rollerball is highly recommended.

Not many people can afford a real pinball machine for their rec room, although many who grew up during the pre-video-game heyday of that classic American amusement would dearly love to. But now, if you have a Nintendo system, you can at least own the next best thing: a satisfying and addictive pinball simulation. There are several pinball games on the market for Nintendo systems, but nothing, I promise you, is like Rollerball.

To begin with, the basic board is huge — so tall it fills four vertically scrolling screens with bumpers, gates, flippers, knock-down targets, rollovers, and other gizmos. Rollerball is truly a dream pinball machine. Not only can you rack up phenomenal scores, but — with skill and a lot of luck — you can also work your way back up the board from the lowest level to the top. Despite hours and hours of play, and scores of500,000 points or better, I still haven't figured out all of the flashing, buzzing, whirring, and clanging permutations in Rollerball.

Rollerball also has a most innovative "match play board" on which two players can wage flipper-war, trying to wipe out each other's scores. You set the game for3,000 or 5,000 points, then try to zap the other player down to zero by lobbing the ball into the targets on his side of the board. In this hot and frenzied game, two balls are in play simultaneously. It's a nice variation on the basic pinball idea.

Another attractive thing about Rollerball — for adults—is that it's one of those rare Nintendo games in which parents have a fighting chance against their kids. Adults over 40 who typically shot lots of pinball in their younger days might enjoy the novelty of challenging the kids at their own Nintendo system and actually winning for once. Pinball, as any true aficionado knows, does not require the hand-eye coordination of a hyperactive 15-year-old. The best pinball players establish an almost Zen-like rapport with the flow of the ball and the zvhap! of the flippers. Even though Rollerball isn't the real thing, it lets you do just that.

For accomplished or aspiring pinball wizards, Rollerball is highly recommended.

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