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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 Game start
Speedball NES Match-up screen during league play
Speedball Atari ST Main Menu
Speedball DOS Choose you character

Promo Images

Speedball Magazine Advertisement Page 9

Alternate Titles

  • "KlashBall" -- NES title

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User Reviews

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 (4634)
An exciting, action-packed game Atari ST Matthew Bin (5)

Critic Reviews

Info Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Raze Amiga Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Zzap! Amiga Jan, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Raze Atari ST Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 860 out of 1000 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1988 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Atari ST Jun, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78


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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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