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Based on the arcade game, Blades Of Steel is a hockey arcade action game (gameplay doesn't require the need to worry about statistics or provide the ability to customize teams.) Two players can play against each other, or one player against the computer. In one player mode there are single game and tournament mode options. From time to time a fight may break out, which will provide a close up view of the two players. The player has control during the miniature fight game sequence, with the loser having to spend time in the penalty box. The referee will break up fights that go on too long, and calls a few penalties such as icing. Several short clips of digitized voices are also featured.


Blades of Steel DOS Title 1 & Manual Protection check (CGA)
Blades of Steel DOS Beginning a tournament game (CGA)
Blades of Steel Amiga Players entering arena
Blades of Steel Game Boy Tournament tree

Promo Images

Blades of Steel Magazine Advertisement Inside Front Cover

Alternate Titles

  • "Konamic Ice Hockey " -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "コナミックアイスホッケー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Face Off !!! NES GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)
Awesome little hockey game.... NES Cormana6868 (16)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic NES Oct 18, 2004 A 100
1UP! NES Jan 18, 2013 88 out of 100 88
NES Archives NES Jun 04, 2008 B+ 83
Power Play NES Aug, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1988 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Wii Feb 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Retro Game Reviews NES Oct 10, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1991 24 out of 40 60 (UK) Wii Dec 22, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Game Boy Nov, 1991 53 out of 100 53


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NES version

In the NES version, between the second and third period of a hockey game, a quick mini game of Gradius is sometimes playable in which the player has a few seconds to try to blow up an enemy ship. There are also ads for other Konami games of that era displayed after the mini game is over.
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