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Speedball

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
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3.6
Amiga
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3.8
DOS
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3.4
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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 Choose which instructions you want to see.
Speedball NES The winning team celebrates.
Speedball Atari ST Some options
Speedball Atari ST Main Menu

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 (4388)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Joypad SEGA Master System Oct, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1988 834 out of 1000 83
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
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.

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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