Crüe Ball

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Crüe Ball
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US, Europe), Electronic Arts Victor (Japan)
Developer:
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,8006,800 EM20005
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[5] 707201
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[7][6] E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
BR
042500

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Crüe Ball (クルーボール), labelled Crüe Ball: Heavy Metal Pinball on the North American and European packaging, is a pinball video game developed by NuFX and published by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992.

Gameplay

Left flips the left flipper, C flips the right flipper, and A+B+C tilts. The goal of each table is to activate a ramp on the table which will shoot the ball to a bonus round and then to the next table. In the bonus rounds, the player is in control of a portable flipper: the D-pad moves around, A, B, and C flip the flippers, and skeletons must be hit with three bonus balls.

History

Development

Crüe Ball was originally called Twisted Flipper, though changed its name after picking up an endorsement from Mötley Crüe. Despite the inclusion of Mötley Crüe records in the game, it was designed to sport a heavy metal look and feel from the beginning, with the level themes composed by EA's Brian Schmidt in-house. A prototype of Twisted Flipper has since been dumped.

Release

The game was seemingly set to be re-released in Europe in September 1996 as part of the EA Classics range[8], but it is not believed such a version made it to market.

Magazine articles

Main article: Crüe Ball/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-12: "December 1992" (1992-11-07)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
30
[9]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
68
[10]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
55
[11]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
78
[7]
Computer + Video Giochi (IT)
70
[12]
Digitiser (UK)
80
[13]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[14]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
40
[15]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
65
[16]
GameFan (US)
65
[17]
Game Power (IT)
63
[18]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
100
[19]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
60
[20]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
40
[21]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[22]
Joypad (FR)
79
[23]
Joystick (FR) PAL
72
[24]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
63
[25]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
64
[26]
Mega Force (FR)
75
[27]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
70
[28]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
78
[29]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
74
[30]
Marukatsu Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
71
[31]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
74
[32]
Player One (FR)
90
[33]
Play Time (DE)
79
[34]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
72
[35]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
78
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
72
[37]
Sega Force (SE)
55
[38]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
65
[39]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
61
[40]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
45
[41]
Video Games (DE)
46
[42]
Sega Mega Drive
67
Based on
35 reviews

Crüe Ball

Mega Drive, JP
CrueBall MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD JP CartTop.jpg
CrueBall MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
CrueBall MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
CrueBall MD US Box.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD US cart.jpg
Cart
CrüeBall MD US Sticker.jpg
Sticker
Mega Drive, EU
CrueBall MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Crue Ball MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Crue Ball MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT
CrueBall MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Crue Ball PT Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
Crueball md br cover.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Crueball md br manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 4b195fc0
MD5 d062b85cbbd54f57de313d09e5c0bfec
SHA-1 f0c62f1beb4126d1d1d1b634d11fcd81f2723704
512kB 1992-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 514c53e2
MD5 3f88fd60605c273538fc47ebfc46559f
SHA-1 1ceb4370dacaa8e3ab4b8beb6ff008db269d0387
512kB 1992-10 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 6dd47554
MD5 2e599a6016eb21b875507c480a716845
SHA-1 a6eac3e1b9df9d138fceeccbe34113015d3a676f
512kB Twisted Flipper Page
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 d43d5145
MD5 b71cee55b6d89de150cd6f934db14433
SHA-1 13cbf90f1561a9db3a4084f19b07c6ca9ab618f6
512kB EPROM cartridge Twisted Flipper Page

References

  1. File:CrueBall MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. Sega Visions, "November/December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 93
  4. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1992" (US; 1992-1x-xx), page 36
  5. GamePro, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 131
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 MegaTech, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-20), page 17
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1993" (UK; 1992-12-15), page 38
  8. GamesMaster, "October 1996" (UK; 1996-08-29), page 11
  9. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 52
  10. Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1992" (DE; 1992-11-13), page 150
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-08), page 31
  12. Computer + Video Giochi, "Gennaio 1993" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 113
  13. Digitiser (UK) (1993-01-02)
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 32
  15. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 302
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 34
  17. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 3: January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 10
  18. Game Power, "Gennaio 1993" (IT; 199x-xx-xx), page 78
  19. GamePro, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 130
  20. Game Zone, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-24), page 70
  21. Hippon Super, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-04), page 83
  22. Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 114
  23. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 60
  24. Joystick, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 147
  25. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
  26. Mega Drive Fan, "March 1993" (JP; 1993-02-XX), page 59
  27. Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 82
  28. MegaTech, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-20), page 34
  29. Micromanía (segunda época), "Enero 1993" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 56
  30. Mean Machines, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-27), page 100
  31. Marukatsu Mega Drive, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-XX), page 109
  32. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  33. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 94
  34. Play Time, "1/93" (DE; 1992-12-09), page 94
  35. Sega Power, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-03), page 26
  36. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1992" (UK; 1992-12-10), page 36
  37. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 64
  38. Sega Force, "3/93" (SE; 1993-05-13), page 12
  39. Sega Force, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-05), page 68
  40. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  41. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 46
  42. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 50


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