Man alive, this always seemed like a dangerous game! I never owned it myself, but I would have loved to have a go on one just to see how deadly it actually was! Well, ok, deadly might be a strong word. How dangerous may be a better one!
The point of Crossfire was to fire small ball bearings at a puck, using two ball bearing firing guns, to knock it into your opponents goal. Yes, thats right, this toy, in typical late 70s health and safety fashion, came with two guns that fired ball bearings.
There was also quite a long playing area with, from memory, football pitch style markings on it.
You filled your gun with metal balls, placed the puck in the centre of the pitch, counted down from 3 to 1 and commenced firing bearings towards each other. When you were playing it, it probably sounded like an actual war, what with all the firing.
It really wouldn’t have been hard to adapt the guns so they fired upwards as opposed to along the pitch. Some of the toys we had in the 70s and 80s really would amaze a modern day health and safety expert, and Crossfire is no exception.
If anyone has one, give me a ring and I’ll pop around for a play!