No, Speedball isn't a digital remastering of the classic Amiga game of violence and sliding. Instead it's a game about a ball that goes really, really fast. And you need to tap the screen in order to ensure that that super fast lil' roller doesn't smash into any of the obstacles in front of you.
Unsurprisingly it's much harder than it looks. And since it looks pretty difficult, you can imagine the lengths you're going to have to go to to get the highest scores in the game. Luckily though, we've got your back on that account.
We've played a whole load of the game, and we've come up with some hints, tips, and tricks to ensure that every time you roll out on that road, you're going to be doing the very best you can.
It’s tempting to keep your eyes close to the ball as it’s rolling down that speedy road, but actually your best bet is to keep your eyes focused ahead. If you know what’s coming, then you’re in a much better place to be able to react to it. Look at the horizon and you’ve got a much better chance of getting a much bigger score.
Taps not blocks
One cheeky trick to up your score involves the way the game tallies your points. It’s not about how many blocks you get past, it’s about how many times you tap the screen, and that’s something you can take advantage of pretty easily.
A quick double-tap when you’re in the air between platforms will bag you extra points, and since you always land on the correct side after a gap, you know you’re going to be safe. And when there’s a long gap at the start of the level, you can get some taps in before the obstacles have even started, but you need to be more cautious with these.
Don’t get in a rhythm
Slipping into a rhythm is incredibly easy in SpeedBall, but doing so is likely to see you coming to a sticky end. The levels are rarely kind when it comes to the positions of the obstacles, so as soon as you get into some sort of rhythm, likely as not you’ll plough into the side of a long block or the face of a short one.
Instead you need to pay attention to what’s coming up and react accordingly. It’s by no means an easy thing to do, but if you want to make your way to the top of the leaderboard it’s something you’re going to have to get used to.