Ball Jacks

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Ball Jacks
Japanese cover art
Publisher(s) Namco[1]
Composer(s) Yoshinori Kawamoto[2]
H. Umino
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive
Genre(s) Action[1]
Mode(s) Single-player

Ball Jacks (ボールジャックス) is a 1993 action video game for the Sega Mega Drive.


A two-player match is taking place.

This video game is a futuristic action game involving an ultra-competitive sporting event. Two robot crabs are controlled by men who play the game merely to become wealthy and famous.There is a conveyor belt behind them that spews metal balls at them. The goal is to capture balls that belong the opponent and keep them from him until time runs out.[2][4] Balls can also be knocked out from the mechanical hands of the opponent. All damaged crabs must return to the pit area for a quick maintenance and repair session.[2]

There are several modes: a world championship against increasingly tougher opponents, a multiplayer versus mode, a training mode, and a time trial where the time limit is the only foe.[2]


Review score
Publication Score
Mega 9%[5]

The game was poorly received, with Andy Dyer criticising the graphics, sound, gameplay and size.


  1. ^ a b c Ball Jacks at GameFAQs
  2. ^ a b c d Ball Jacks at MobyGames
  3. ^ ボールジャックス [メガドライブ]. Famitsu (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Archived from the original on 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  4. ^ Ball Jacks at Giant Bomb
  5. ^ Mega review, Future Publishing, issue 10, page 57, July 1993