STORY / GAMEPLAY
This is a 2 Vs 2 volleyball game so, as in any sports game, the main purpose is to win every match. You and your teammate travel around some of the greatest cities of the world in an exciting volleyball elimination contest, where only one team can be the winner. The game's first match takes place in London. All basic movements are included and the main rules are easy: one of the teams has to score seven points and win. Each team is allowed three touches of the ball before it's smacked over the net (the basic rule for a volleyball game). The ball is passed around the court until someone attempts a slam shot, where the players wait by the net for a pass and leap up into the opponent's half. When jumping for a slam, the jump must be perfectly timed otherwise your player will swing to shoot, miss and fall down to the sand. You must win as many games as you can in order to visit more beautiful places like Africa, Sydney, Miami, etc. The game itself is so hard that, after a while, it almost seems pointless to play it. The AI of your opponents is set to high standards and that's why an opponent waits for the ball in the right spot at the right time, most of the time! When slamming the ball hard, the opponent is almost always there to block it. Beach Volley is a great game for its time though due to its nice graphics and sound presentation.
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The Amstrad CPC version has nice graphics with colorful and detailed design of the volley pitches and the featured backgrounds of each visited city. Of course there are many details missing from the original, but still looks decent. The sprites move OK but a bit sluggish compared to the Commodore 64 version that runs smoother and the scrolling suffers a lot. Also, the match area is not extensively visible which means that you might miss the ball easily. The sound features a few typical sound effects of the ball hitting and a short tune when wining a point.
GAMEPLAY SAMPLE VIDEO
On our video below you may watch the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC,, Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga OCS versions of the game.