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Speedball

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
...
3.0
Atari ST
86
3.4
SEGA Master System
69
3.5
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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 ...to the green goal
Speedball NES Choose between 1 to 3 minutes for each half.
Speedball Commodore 64 Game start
Speedball SEGA Master System Old release splash screen

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 (4364)

The Press Says

The One Atari ST Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Raze Amiga Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Raze DOS Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Amiga 1989 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 68 out of 100 68

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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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