Speedball (DOS)

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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 DOS Title screen
Speedball DOS Player stats before a game
Speedball DOS EGA main menu
Speedball DOS Choose you character

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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User Reviews

While obviously not as good as its sequel, a damn fine game. Tomer Gabel (4361) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The start of the Bitmap Brothers' incredible winning streak Colin Rowsell (45) unrated

Critic Reviews

Raze Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1989 862 out of 1000 86
Power Play Mar, 1989 68 out of 100 68

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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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Macintrash (2495) added Speedball (DOS) on May 23, 2000
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