National Game Registry 1984: Ballblazer

original platforms
Atari 800
Atari 5200
Lucasfilm Games/Atari
key personnel
David Levine

The most striking aspect of Ballblazer is the proto-3D visuals, displayed on a split-screen field.  The gameplay is more or less like air hockey; two opponents square off, attempting to place a ball in each other’s goal.  The field is viewed from a first-person perspective and the player is always facing either the ball or the opponent’s goal, avoiding disorienting situations.  The players can fight for a loose ball, steal a ball from the opponent, or fire a shot at the ever-moving goals.

Ballblazer was inducted on April 22nd, 2009.

Return to the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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