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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 Main Menu
Speedball NES You can bribe the ref to keep the game going into overtime.
Speedball NES The ball is about to be shot out of the center.
Speedball Atari ST The match is about to start again

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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User Reviews

While obviously not as good as its sequel, a damn fine game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
An exciting, action-packed game Atari ST Matthew Bin (5)
The start of the Bitmap Brothers' incredible winning streak DOS Colin Rowsell (45)

Critic Reviews

The One Atari ST Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Raze Amiga Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Raze Atari ST Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Joypad SEGA Master System Oct, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 May, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Raze SEGA Master System May, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1989 862 out of 1000 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 8.6 out of 12 72
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 02, 2007 5 out of 10 50

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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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