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Speedball (Atari ST)

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Description

The original future sport game, Speedball is played out on a small court with five players on each team, making it more frantic than the more famous sequel. The ball must be thrown into the goal at your opponent's end. Any amount of physical contact can be made, and there are no illegal ways to get the ball or the goal.

Before each match you can bribe the referee into awarding you a head-start or strengthening the abilities of your players. You compete in a simple knockout cup tournament, or in individual 2-player games.

Screenshots

Speedball Atari ST The match is about to start again
Speedball Atari ST In the middle of a match
Speedball Atari ST Title Screen
Speedball Atari ST Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Dec, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The One Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1988 834 out of 1000 83
Power Play Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
ST/Amiga Format Dec, 1988 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

C64 version

The C64 version of the game is one of the 30 games on the Commodore 64 Direct TV retro game joystick released in 2004.

Inspiration

Unofficially inspired by the 1975 movie Rollerball.

Playtesting

According to Eric Matthews, plain programming only took one and a half months - but play testing and fine tuning of the game play took another four months. Spending such amounts of time on the game play was very unusual at the time the game was created.

Awards

  • Golden Joystick Award
    • 1989 - won the 16-bit Game of the Year award
Information also contributed by Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker and Ricky Derocher

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tbuteler (3023) added Speedball (Atari ST) on Jul 05, 2003
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