It's just as well that the software industry doesn't follow the pessimists. Just think if they followed that "the end is nigh" bunch - there would be no such thing a future sport. And where would we be then? No Future Basketball, no Speedball, no Speedball II, and God forbid, no Cyberball and no Stormball.
Just a few weeks ago Dan Trent was wishing that the world was at an end. He was a major star on the Stormball circuit before he lost his hand in a freak accident while playing. Thanks to the miracle of modern surgery he was fitted with a mechanical glove which enabled him to keep playing the sport he loved. And now he's back, hungry for success.
You can take on Dan Trent and the rest of the Stormballers to make your way to the top of the league. The basic rules of Stormball are a doddle. Two opponents move around on hover boards over their own half of the pitch. The ball is then thrown into your opponent's half, hopefully in such a way that your opponent can't intercept or catch it.
By throwing the ball over bonus tiles and score multiplier you rack up points. The player with the most points at the end of the four quarters is declared the winner.
This is a one or two-player action-
...take on Dan Trent and the rest of the Stormballers to make your way to the top of the league
To play the professionals you must first put up some money - the better your opponent the more money it costs to play him. If you win you get back your original stake plus the same again as a bonus. Of course, if you lose it is back to the training ground.
If you are really confident of a win you can always stake a bet outside the arena with Dodgy Dexter. He is the man responsible for getting Trent back into the Stormball arena after his injury but he is despised nonetheless, and the feeling must be mutual as the odds the gives on your winning are never that good.
Control fo the man is fairly easy - simply movement causes the board to move over the pitch, and to catch the ball position your man to one side as it passes. Then throw it back and try to aim it so that your opponent can't reach it. This can be frustrating as he catches it with no difficulty and you race all around your half in a seemingly pointless pursuit.
If you become bored with the computer-
Unfortunately, a less than brilliant use of colours mars what could have been an excellent sports game. When it comes to the crunch, buy Speedball 2 instead - it's infinitely more playable and more fun than this. Stormball is a real disappointment, but Millenium will bounce back.