Speedball 2 Evolution


Expert's review

"Fair play not allowed"

  • Very intense gameplay
  • Loyal port of the original game
  • Nice 16bit and dystopian atmosphere.
  • It may be too chaotic to some players.

A violent sport game where anything goes.

Speedball 2 Evolution is, as you will surely expected, the ported version of those so-late-80s games, which in turn were vaguely inspired by 70s film Rollerball and everyday NHL. Broadly speaking, it takes place on a dystopian future when the most popular sport consists on two teams fighting almost without rules to put a metal ball in the rival goal. Points are gotten whether by scoring, beating a player till he's KO or putting the ball in some bonus element through the field, as slides or traps.

Even though controls can be chosen between tilt or on-screen pad, be warned that this game is purely chaotic. There isn't any minimap and above-field camera is so close to let you prevent rival movements, so matches can quickly become an exchange of fierce tackles and blind passes. That how the violent nature of the game is faithfully represented, though sometimes you'll miss somehow something to call "strategy". This also means that gameplay is intense and thrilling, and that most matches aren't decided till the very last seconds. As an example, I lost my first match by a crushing 2-42, but I got my own back in the next match winning by 35 to 28.

To be perfectly honest, even though original Speedball series won a handful of prizes and got nice review scores, with hindsight we should say it wasn't a so good game. However, it was a fiendishly fun game, able to make you spend hours and hours. This same applies to this Android port: the modifications it has undergone to be adapted to mobile devices (namely, tilt or on-screen controls and smaller field) have kept all the virtues and flaws of the original game.

Two interesting additional points are the impressive intro sequence and the management menus between matches, when you can train your players or hire new ones. Cyberpunk-like music is also deeply appreciated.

In conclusion, if you played to the original Amiga game, trust me, you will like to revive that. Matches take two minutes long, so are perfectly suited for modern life backs and forths. If you didn't, but are looking for something in the midst of sport and nonsense gaming, eureka, here's your game. Rated with a 3 almost a 4 out of 5, waiting for an upcoming update allowing multiplayer. We should have already started training...

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by Peter , Appszoom

Sep 20, 2012

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