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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!

Football Frenzy
1987 Alternative Software
By Charles A. Sharp

Most text of the present article comes from the review published in the thirty fifth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (street date: February 11th, 1988).


Alternative Software, 1.99 cassette only


his unusual adventure is alternative software in more ways than one -- the player is cast as manager of a less-than-successful football team, Grimsditch Rangers, and attempts to get them into the Cup Final. The adventure starts on a Wednesday and the player has just three days to 'fulfil his dream'. But Murphy's Law rules and everything that can go wrong does.

Written using Incentive's Graphic Adventure Creator, Football Frenzy has poor, blocky graphics and bland location descriptions like 'You are in a corridor. You can go east'. In the first location, the manager's office, the text says the player can go east or north -- though in fact only west and north are available. This sloppiness is unforgivable in a game marketed as a professional product.

A telephone index found on the manager's desk has the phone numbers of important contacts -- all of which are engaged at the start of the game, wasting the player's time and doing nothing to draw him into the adventure.

Interaction works reasonably efficiently and the game understands logical commands well, though the limitations of Incentive's utility make themselves obvious. But gameplay doesn't score a single goal.

Atmosphere 38%
Interaction 46%
Challenge 21%



If you want a walkthrough, visit
Jacob Gunness
' Classic Adventures Solution Archive or
Martin Brunner's C64 Adventure Game Solutions Site

Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (6 Mar 2006)
There was no screenshot in the original review.

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