The internet tells me that apparently the theme tune is a track by Nation 12 called 'Brutal Deluxe', though to be honest it just sounds like early 90s video game music to me.
But eventually the people in charge start to miss all that money they were making, and decide to regain public interest by relaunching the sport as 'speedball 2'. Yes, apparently the sport itself is a sequel.
I gave up trying to figure it out in the end, and just pressed the 'ALL' button, which is apparently short for 'spend all my money automatically'. Which works for me.
|Speedball 1 (Atari ST) | Speedball 2 (Amiga)|
Plus the graphics look about 72% more awesome.
Still, I'm better at the game now than I was then. If I keep passing between my players I should be able to make some upwards progress. Assuming that any of my teammates feel like walking on screen.
Wait, they scored TEN goals? That ain't right. It must be 10 points for a goal now.
A FEW GOALS LATER.
Well okay I grabbed them and I'm still not sure what they did. I'm sure it was something awesome though.
I'll give it another shot, now that I know what I'm doing. Well, some of what I'm doing.
SIXTY FOUR SECONDS LATER.
Now it's 10-36 with 12 seconds left. Just two more goals and I've won!
You know this was considered to be one of the best sports games ever made at the time, but to me playing it feels a lot like bashing my head against a metal wall. There's a minimum skill level for entry here, and right now I don't qualify.
This could be the very first time in history of the site that I actually win anything in a sports game. All those games up to now have been leading up to this moment, this victory.
Well overall I found Speedball 2 to be a lot like Speedball 1, except shinier and more complex. And wider. I didn't much enjoy continually losing against the AI, but it seemed to be playing fair so I have no one to blame but myself. Plus it's a sports game, so it probably gets way better when you've got a few friends together and a second controller plugged in.
Bitmap Brothers games:
Part 1: Xenon (Atari ST)
Part 2: Speedball (Atari ST)
Part 3: Xenon 2 - Megablast (Amiga)
Part 4: Cadaver (Amiga)
Part 5: Speedball 2 - Brutal Deluxe (Amiga)Part 6: Gods (Amiga)
Part 7: Magic Pockets (Amiga)
Part 8: The Chaos Engine (Amiga)
Part 9: The Chaos Engine 2 (Amiga)
Part 10: Z (MS-DOS)