Water Polo

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Water Polo
Title image from the game
Game No. 344
Developer Gábor Pongyor, Antal Zolnai
Company Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd.
Publisher Mastertronic
Musician Miklós Herendi
HVSC-File Water_Polo.sid
Release 1987
Platform C64
Genre Sport, Watersports
Gamemode Single player
up to 4 players (in turns)
2 players (simultaneous)
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Media Icon disk525 1.png Tape-icon.png
Language Language:english


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... an animation from the game

Grab your bathing trunks......In this sports game Gremlin serves a niche sport. We are talking abouter water polo.
After the successful start of the programme the starting screen appears in which you can choose between the following game variations:

  • Demo
  • One Player
  • Two Player
  • Championship

The CPU opponent has 10 different difficulty grades. You play in 4 quarters with each 5 minutes of game time.
However, each attack needs to be done within 35 seconds, or otherwise the ball possession goes to the opponent.
As in any other team sport you can also make a foul. But after the 3rd foul by the same player he has to stay at the pool edge for 1 1/2 penalty minutes.


... the menu

The graphics in water polo are good. The game area is designed clearly and the players are nicely animated.
The player that is currently controlled is marked by a brighter bathing cap. Even the ball changes to a darker colour at the pool edge, by which it is good to recognize. The very frowny looking referee is always good for a laugh.
Special attention has the Championship mode, where a tournament with 4 player can be absolved, which of course raises the "fun bar" even further. All in all is Water Polo in this area without competition.
Despite the slightly sparse sound, it is a successful game which promises long time of fun especially in twos.



The rules mainly correspond the ones in real water polo.

  • You can try to get possession of the ball by attacking from 5 different directions from the front. If the opponent is not active (i.e. does not wave the ball in the air), then the possession changes.
  • An attack from the three rear positions (lleft rear, rear and right rear) is not allowed. A try is instantly punished by the referee with a foul.
  • Fouls, goals and quarterly breaks are indicated by a whistle from the referee.
  • An attack on the goalkeeper in front of the goal is also a breach of the rules.
  • The fouls are personally counted seperately for each team member. After the 3rd foul a player gets a sending off (for 1,5 minutes or until the opposing team scores a goal) and the ball possession goes to the other team. Re-entering is only possible after a goals is scored or the ball has landed on a dry place or at the end of a quarter (ie. in situations, when both teams are not active).
  • A quarter lasts 5 minutes, the allowed time for an attack is 35 seconds, if this time passes without a throw on the opposing goal the ball possession changes.
  • When a goal is scored there is an instant action replay.
  • If a team scores 50 goals, the match will end - because there will be suspicion of cheating ;-)


There are 4 options:

This option is selected by default, i.e. if you do nothing the demo mode will be chosen automatically after 30 seconds. To choose the demo option press the FIRE BUTTON before the 30 seconds have run out. If the demo mode is selected you can choose the difficulty grade for both teams (from 0 - 9, whereby 0 is the weakest difficulty grade).

Here the difficulty grade can be chosen. The human player controls the team with the black caps (joystick in port 2).

Blue team: joystick port 1, red team: joystick port 2.


... an image from the game

The programme allows 4 teams to compete in a championship. First, the difficulty grade is set, then you can change each of the names (in the championship table) to another (up to 5 characters). By renaming a team, you define the team as an own i.e. the one controlled by a human. To start the game, press the EXIT field in the table.

At the start of every round, the names of the participating teams are shown, whereby the man-vs.-man and man-vs.-computer matches are highlighted. If desired, the player can also highlight the computer-vs.-computer matches, which are then played as a demo. The results of not played matches are calculated by the computer and recorded on the championship score table. (In this case the difficulty grade of the home team is one level higher than the opponent's.)

The score table shows the points in the order of the played rounds and has the following categories:



You always control the player that is closest to the ball. You also call him the "activated" player and he is easy to recognize from the conspicious cap. As long as he is on the move, you can control him no matter how far he goes away from the ball. But if you stop him, the programme calculates the distance of each player from the ball and activates the nearest.

At the beginning of each quarter there is to so-called swimoff, whereby the ball goes to the player that has first the finger on the FIRE BUTTON!

If the activated player has no ball possession he follows the joystick movement, i.e turning and swimming into the corresponding direction.

By pressing the FIRE BUTTON the player lifts the ball into the air and starts to swing it. Now a shot can be released from this position. When swinging the ball the player can define the following parameters:

  • Joystick in neutral position: normal throw,
  • Joystick in throwing direction: raised power (a flat, hard throw)
  • Joystick in the opposite direction: reduced power (higher, softer throw)
  • Joystick sideways (in relation to throwing direction): give the ball a spin in the given direction. This causes a bent fire line, whose exact course depends on how long you leave the joystick in this position.
  • For a combination of power and spin you need to use diagonal positions.

Let go of FIRE BUTTON and press again instantly. The player then throws the ball according to the description above.

Manouevring the goalkeeper
The progamm provides for the automatic activation of the goalkeeper if the situation requires it. Basically he is controlled in the same way as the other members of the team with one exception: if the ball is not within the goalkeeper's reach one can make him put up his hands and plunge towards the ball by pressing the FIRE BUTTON.

Special keyboard functions[edit]

RUN/STOP   pauses the game. Another press on the same key or on the FIRE BUTTON continues the game.

RESTORE   restarts the game.


A small tip: make as many passes as possible and attack fast. And do not forget to press the fire button twice to throw!



H.T.W: "An entertaining sports game with an unusual sport which stands out with good animations and very well implemented game rules. It is also very good, that there is a 2-player mode (2 players against each other) and also a computer opponent, whose strength can be adjusted in a big range. The only weak point is the sparse sound. A game which promisses much fun, especially with 2 players".





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