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Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (Atari ST)

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Description

Brutal Deluxe doesn't live up to their name - in fact they're the worst team Speedball has ever seen. As their manager, it is your job to transform their fortunes. As well as the league system, which consists of 2 8-team divisions and challenges you to advance to the top, there are also 2 cup tournaments, one of which is played out over 2 'legs' with the aggregate score deciding who progresses.

You can play the matches as well, which is the real meat of the game. They consist of 2 90-second periods, and the gameplay is futuristic, fast and frantic, with heavy tackling encouraged to retrieve the ball. Power-ups and tokens appear on the pitch, including ones to make your players extra-tough or freeze the opponents.

The sides of the pitch each include a score multiplier, which you can run the ball through to increase the value of your scoring - the opposition can sometimes immediately grab the ball and nullify this. There are also 5 stars which are worth 2 points each if you hit them (more if you have the multiplier activated), but these can also be cancelled out by the opposition hitting the same star, and their points values only become set after the half. Next to the stars there are 'portals' which throw the ball out the opposite side of the pitch, in the direction it was going.

You get money for the results, and by collecting the silver tokens which appear on the pitch at random intervals. Between each match you can spend these either on improving your existing players as far as they can go, or on buying better ones and fitting them into the team. Your original players can only be improved to a certain extent, so remembering where your signed players are and making use of them is important.

A variety of tokens also appear during the match, some of which boost your team's power for a short period of time, and one freezes the opposition.

Screenshots

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Atari ST Grind, grind
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Atari ST Get that ball!
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Atari ST Oh, the showboating doesn't help my sore ego.
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe Atari ST Introduction

Alternate Titles

  • "Speed Ball II" -- DOS Kixx release media title
  • "Speedball 2" -- Master System title

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User Reviews

Made me purchase an Atari ST Neepie Lantern (482) unrated

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Jul, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1991 95 out of 100 95
ST Format Jan, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Zero Jan, 1991 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jan, 1991 889 out of 1000 89
ST Format Jan, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Atari ST User Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Atari ST User Apr, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Feb, 1991 73 out of 100 73

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Trivia

Version differences

The Genesis port is a very quiet port, a lot of sound effects have been left out. The MegaDrive version that went out in Japan had silver and gold teams rather than red and blue.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • April 1991 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1992 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1993 - #4 Best Amiga Game of All Time
    • May 1994 - #3 Best Amiga Game of All Time
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #43 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #31 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Graeme Boxall and Martin Smith

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Martin Smith (63198) added Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (Atari ST) on Mar 26, 2004
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