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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 DOS EGA main menu
Speedball DOS CGA main menu
Speedball NES Draw 1:1
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
Zzap! Amiga Jan, 1989 91 out of 100 91
The One Atari ST Nov, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Raze SEGA Master System May, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1989 862 out of 1000 86
Power Play Commodore 64 Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Mar, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Questicle.net NES Jul, 2012 C+ 58
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Apr, 1991 19 out of 40 48
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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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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