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Skate Ball is a futuristic sports game in which two teams try to score goals by putting a puck into the opponent's goal. Just like ice hockey, the team members skate on ice and use a hockey stick. However, the active team only consists of two members: a field athlete and a goalkeeper. The player controls the field athlete and tries to score goals or tackling the enemy when in defense.

As with many futuristic sports games, a match can be hazardous to the athletes. Not only are rude actions like flying kicks allowed, but the playing field is filled with obstacles like pits or disintegrators. Stepping on those causes the athlete to die and the need to use one of the two substitute athletes. Those have different stats (strength, reaction, shooting and balance) which influence the match - if there are enough alive, the player can choose the used athlete at the start of the match. The scrolling screen keeps on the puck and a radar helps to navigate the obstacles off-screen.


Skateball ZX Spectrum Shot at goal.
Skateball Amstrad CPC Title screen.
Skateball Commodore 64 0-1.
Skateball Amstrad CPC Shot on Goal.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Skate Wars" -- Re-release title

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 743 out of 1000 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1990 72 out of 100 72
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1990 63 out of 100 63
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1992 52 out of 100 52
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 49 out of 100 49
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 37 out of 100 37
Power Play Atari ST May, 1989 35 out of 100 35


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