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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 SEGA Master System Old release splash screen
Speedball Amiga Title screen
Speedball Amiga Players in a row
Speedball Commodore 64 Starting a knockout match

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 (4353)
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 Amiga Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Amiga 1989 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Dec, 1988 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 8.6 out of 12 72
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Apr, 1991 19 out of 40 48

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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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