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Crüe Ball
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 EM20005
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[1] 707201
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E031SMX1
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 042500



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[4], 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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MegaForce FR 10.pdfMegaForce FR 10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №13, p100/101
78 №134, p38[3]
70
100 №44, p144/145[5]
60 №12, p70/71
79 №13
72 №31, p147
63 №5, p91
70 №9, p34/35/36
74 №24, p96/97[6]
90 №26, p94/95
72 №35, p26/27
78 №15, p36/37
72 №18, p64
65 №12, p68/69[7]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
CrueBall MD US Box.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD US cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
CrueBall MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD US cart.jpg
Cart
Crue Ball MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
CrueBall MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
CrueBall MD JP CartTop.jpg
CrueBall MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
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

References

  1. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 131
  2. File:SegaVisions US 10.pdf, page 93
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 134.pdf, page 38
  4. File:GamesMaster UK 047.pdf, page 11
  5. File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 130
  6. File:MeanMachines UK 24.pdf, page 96
  7. File:SegaForce UK 12.pdf, page 68