Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. 70
    Clusterball is fun in spurts, but the control and the physics keep it from being as addictive as it potentially could be.
  2. 68
    Value of others aside and despite lacking in one way or another in virtually all respects, Clusterball still pulls off a refreshing blood free, but still faced-paced competition that, however twitchy and underdeveloped, remains average at best and worst, a select few able to cope with awkward controls may even find it an addiction.
  3. While it may not be the world champion of team-oriented multiplayer games, Clusterball is an unusual and enjoyable addition to the genre.
  4. You know you're in for a hair-raising experience as soon as the race starts. Unfortunately, the hair that's rising will be on the back of your neck as you realize just how horrid the controls are.
  5. Clusterball is one serious cluster-fu...No, I said I wouldn't do it, and I won't. [Apr 2002, p.101]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Null_FU
    Oct 16, 2005
    I've only played CB online for almost a year now - but the game IS eminently playable in both Practice (offline against AI/`bots) and Match (online vs. live opponents) modes. Two communities exist as websites - for multi-lingual (mostly English) & *.net (99% German) - both are "alive and well" although some differences manifest even beyond the languages. Setup (control bindings, flight model adjustments, conn & such) can be a trifle complex - but it's all quite do-able & results in a responsive ship well-suited to the game (Practice mode is adviseable until you have your flyer in final trim!). My only "beef" is that online competition favors technical&conn advantage (to a certain extent), but I still have a lot of fun with only a modem & a 5 year old comp ;] - HIGHLY recommended for those who enjoy Sport! Full Review »
  2. DeceptiveOne
    Sep 26, 2005
    I've been playing this game nearly since its inception. Spring 2001. It is not the contemporary genre, having said that, I am happy to find a game with out the "played out gore and violence." These days it is all the same "crap" over and over. I certainly wish ClusterBall would be marketed heavily in the USA. If you don't think it is fun or can't give you an adrenaline rush, come see me "DeceptiveONE" and we will fly together and see. :-) If you need any assistance. Full Review »
  3. Nocturne
    Jan 7, 2005
    This is a game worth waiting for. Ive been looking for soooooo long! Controlls are hard at first, but that is necessary for getting a good competetive play! Full Review »