Pigskin 621 A.D. is an arcade game released in 1990 by Bally Midway. One player can battle the computer, or two players can battle head-to-head. Two teams compete to score as many touchdowns as possible in the tradition of American football, but actual play is more similar to rugby football.
The player directly controls one member of a five-man team, with the object of carrying a football over the opposing team’s goal line. The playing area is littered with hazards such as pits, bushes and logs. A ball carrier who trips over any of these, or is punched by an opponent, fumbles the ball. The field is also laden with weapons such as swords, torches and ropes. A player can pick up one of these by running over it. It will appear at the top of the screen next to the player’s score as a “concealed weapon”, several weapons may be carried at once and one may be carried over after a touchdown. The ball carrier can be “grappled”, essentially a mass tackle into which multiple characters can jump. Having a concealed weapon as well as having more characters jump into the grapple greatly increases a team’s chance of gaining or retaining possession, although weapons cannot be used if both team captains are in the grapple. A character who is injured by a concealed weapon is out of play until a touchdown is scored.