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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 Some options
Speedball Atari ST Very close to scoring
Speedball NES League standings
Speedball Amiga 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 (4349)
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

Raze DOS Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) NES Nov, 1991 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 8.6 out of 12 72
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 57 out of 100 57

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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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