A downloadable NES game

Head-to-Head Strategy

Originally proposed in 1982 by mathematician John Conway, Phutball (for Philosophers' Football) pits two players against each other, in a way that cleverly removes traditional piece ownership from other games you might play on a Go board.

Finally on the NES

Homebrew Championship Phutball brings the classic game to the NES, where you and a friend can compete on a playfield optimized for the Nintendhino's output resolution.


  • a banging soundtrack for contemplative action, 
  • distinct visuals that merge the title's board game origins with its athletic theming, and
  • an adaptive presentation designed for a smooth and intuitive play experience

A True Labor of Love

Created over just a few short days for the NESDev '22 Compo, HBC Phutball is the result of three passionate NES developers:

Code by Wendel Scardua

Graphics by M-Tee

Music and Sound by Raftronaut

Updated 10 days ago
Release date Nov 01, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorsWendel Scardua, M-Tee, Raftronaut
TagsAbstract, Homebrew, Local multiplayer, NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), NES ROM, Pixel Art, Retro
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Joystick
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count2


HBC Phutball.nes 64 kB

Install instructions

Play the NES ROM on an emulator or flash cart of your choice. The game is currently multiplayer only.

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