Speedball 2 Evolution Review
- Pick-up and play style; tilt/joystick and 1-button control.
- Unlockable modes and teams to test your skill.
- Slick visual upgrade; detailed backgrounds and special effects.
- Local multiplayer via Wifi/Bluetooth.
- Control accuracy issues; direction of throws very sensitive to minor changes.
- No multitasking; gameplay and upgrades potentially lost when taking a call, etc.
Revivals of great classic titles deserve nothing less than a polished update and Speedball 2 Evolution delivers almost perfectly - just remember to take some time out to get comfortable with controls first.
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The Speedball series by The Bitmap Brothers has in many ways come to define the future of brutal fantasy sports titles with its influence being evident in arcade titles like Midway's NBA Jam and NFL Blitz. Now modern iOS gamers and old-school fans alike can dive straight back in to the Speedball series with Speedball 2 Evolution by Tower Studios and despite some wonky control issues it feels as manic and exciting as it did all those years ago.
Players can choose between tilt or touch-based controls, with the tilt controls proving to be a bit easier to manage compared to the fairly sensitive virtual-stick system, though neither feel entirely accurate and choosing the direction of your subsequent throw/pass/tackle doesn't always result in what you asked for. Tackling, passing and catching are all performed by simply tapping or holding on the screen, making the basic gameplay easy to learn, though mastering advanced strategies like increasing your score multiplier and passing through a warp-field can be more difficult and are critical for winning the various leagues and tournaments you'll participate in. Individual team members can also be trained or traded on a player market to increase the overall skill-level of your team, with stat-bonuses providing obvious benefits such as increased defense and offense as well as improving their AI to make it easier to score those critical goals.
It's no surprise that the visuals have also been given an overhaul, but the original title wasn't exactly a slouch and most of the updates have simply sharpened and added more detailed definition to the backgrounds and special team uniforms. Additional special effects also give the game a polished modern touch.
Multiplayer is available for local networks (Wifi and Bluetooth), but even if you don't have a friend to play with there's more than enough unlockable teams and modes to keep you busy through each season and competition.
Despite having 20 years under its belt, Speedball 2 Evolution still feels as fun as it ever did, especially when played competitively with friends. If you love fantasy sport titles or you have fond memories of the original Speedball titles, this is definitely worth picking up.
DescriptionA Brutal, Futuristic mixture of Football and Hockey played at Break Neck Speed.
"Speedball 2 Evolution is perfect for pick-up-and-play action. There’s also a lengthy career mode that spans 10 seasons and numerous cups to keep you coming back. A fun trip down memory lane. To the extreme!” - Slide to Play
“Just as the name remains the same, so does the awesome game-play....if you are a fan of the original Speedball and Speedball 2, then you need this, as it is in my opinion better than it was back in the day. If you are completely new to the game you owe it to yourself to go brutal deluxe.” – Touchgen
“Its unique gameplay and brutal multiplayer is still as bone-crunchingly appealing as when it first appeared on the Atari all those years ago.” – PocketGamer
“A must-download, particularly for fans of the original. Newcomers to Speedball will find plenty to smile about too.” – Appys
Speedball 2, The Bitmap Brothers’ smash hit, multi-million selling classic futuristic sports game now brings all of its adrenaline pumping thrills to Android for the first time. Set in the near future, Speedball 2 Evolution is a fast paced, brutal fusion of handball and ice hockey where only the fittest and most cunning survive.
Plan your strategy, hand pick your team from a roster of hundreds, then power your way down the field, using every trick in the book to take your opponents down and drive your way to glorious victory through a mix of blood, sweat, fists and elbows. Speedball 2 Evolution is packed with a huge variety of game modes and features to keep players coming back for more including in-match power-ups, single player tournaments, multiplayer and a full career mode.
Outside of the matches, gamers can also develop a world beating team by upgrading their players, earning cash and then trading them on the transfer market.
Speedball 2 Evolution brings together its unbeatable heritage with high octane, in-depth gameplay to give iOS gamers a gaming experience like never before.
- Multiplayer mode! - Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Choose from 336 unique players and 28 Teams across 4 Planets
- Over 20 power-ups available
- Retina display HD graphic for iOS 5 and iPad
- Multiple game modes including 10 Season Career Mode and 10 Single Player Game Modes
- Full Player transfer market and upgrades
- Game Center enabled
- Choice of intuitive tilt and virtual joystick controls
Published under license from The Bitmap Brothers by Tower Studios in association with Vivid Games