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Speedball

MobyRank MobyScore
BlackBerry
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Atari ST
85
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Commodore 64
83
3.1
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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 NES Rival has a ball
Speedball SEGA Master System ...to the green goal
Speedball SEGA Master System Title screen
Speedball NES Choose which instructions you want to see.

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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User Reviews

An exciting, action-packed game Atari ST Matthew Bin (5)
The start of the Bitmap Brothers' incredible winning streak DOS Colin Rowsell (45)
While obviously not as good as its sequel, a damn fine game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4380)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 874 out of 1000 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Amiga 1989 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) NES Nov, 1991 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Video Games SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 47 out of 100 47

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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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