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Faceball 2000 is an FPS developed by Xanth Software F/X, released in the early 90s for multiple consoles and handhelds. It is an updated port of their 1987 game MIDI Maze for the Atari ST computer.

Plot[]

You control a "happy face" and your goal is to shoot other happy faces to get through the maze.

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Releases[]

The Game Boy version was published by Bullet Proof Software in December 1991. It allows up to 4 players with the 4-Player Adapter Cable.

The SNES version was published by Bullet Proof Software in September 1992. It allows two players in split-screen.

The PC Engine CD version (renamed simply Faceball) was published by Riverhill Soft in November 1993, only in Japan. It allows two players in split-screen with a Multitap.

The Game Gear version was published by Riverhill Soft in December 1993, only in Japan. It allows two players with the Gear-to-Gear Cable.

Unreleased ports[]

The Atari XE version of MIDI Maze was cancelled in 1989. A prototype ROM was later found and dumped.

The Virtual Boy version, to be titled NikoChan Battle in Japan, was cancelled in 1996. A prototype ROM was found and dumped in 2013. A fan-patched version, Faceball Remastered, was released later that year.

Trivia[]

It was long rumored that the Game Boy version would allow up to 16 players (as MIDI Maze did) by daisy-chaining multiple 4-Player Adapter Cables. However, this seems to be untrue. According to the lead developer, the 16-player mode exists in the game, but it requires a special adapter that was supposed to be bundled with the game, but was never released.

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