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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.


Speedball Atari ST Player Select
Speedball NES The ball is about to be shot out of the center.
Speedball Atari ST In the middle of a match
Speedball NES Title screen

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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

Commodore User Amiga Dec, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Raze Amiga Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Raze Atari ST Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
The One Amiga Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 May, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Feb, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 57 out of 100 57
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Nov 02, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Apr, 1991 19 out of 40 48


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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.


Unofficially inspired by the 1975 movie Rollerball.


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.


  • 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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