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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.


Speedball Commodore 64 League standings
Speedball Commodore 64 Game start
Speedball Atari ST Main Menu
Speedball Commodore 64 Red tries to make a goal

Promo Images

Speedball Magazine Advertisement Page 9

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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User Reviews

While obviously not as good as its sequel, a damn fine game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)
An exciting, action-packed game Atari ST Matthew Bin (5)
The start of the Bitmap Brothers' incredible winning streak DOS Colin Rowsell (45)

Critic Reviews

Commodore User Amiga Dec, 1988 92 out of 100 92
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Games Preview Amiga Jan, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Commodore User Commodore 64 May, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 8.6 out of 12 72
Power Play SEGA Master System Jun, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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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.


Unofficially inspired by the 1975 movie Rollerball.


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.


  • 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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