The first question to ask about this is, can it be an
improvement on Commodore's International Soccer,
the apex in 64 football simulations? Read on dear reader
to find out.
game's presentation is very similar to Soccer's,
with a one or two player option and a scrolling panoramic
view of the pitch. The usual two-player option is present
and there's also four levels of the computer to challenge
are crowds at both ends and on the far touchline, which
move about and make a noise when you score. They also
shout 'here we go' six times every time there's a kick-off.
a player is quite easy. From kick off you are allocated
a man and he is put under your control. You can run
him about the pitch and chase your opponent. If the
opponent kicks the ball and it lands near a player on
your team, then the computer will automatically switch
the control to the man nearest the ball. Using this
method you can actually pass the ball around the pitch
and set up moves. If your player moves off screen, then
again control will be automatically switched to another
player. Winning the ball in a tackle is quite tricky
-- you have to run over the ball when it is in the opponent's
possession. Do it correctly and the ball will switch
from his control to yours and you can then pass it or
charge up the field towards the goal.
is easy, just press the fire button when the ball is
under your control, the longer you keep the fire button
pressed the longer the pass will be.
novel feature in this game is fouling -- just run up
behind an opponent and press the fire button; if you
are successful then you'll trip him up. Do this too
many times and you will have a penalty awarded against
you for 'roughing'.
actual game characters aren't as big as the ones on
the Commodore, but this seems to make the playing area
a lot bigger than it is (scrolling three screen-length
nice feature is a penalty option -- this is a game in
itself and allows you to take penalties against the
computer or a friend. When you choose this option, the
screen goes to a view seen from the front of the goal.
The penalty taker can move the joystick left or right
to kick the ball in that direction. The goalkeeper has
similar control and although it is possible to wait
until the ball is kicked and see which way it is going,
it is usually better to guess.
the game ends in a draw, then the decider is a penalty
kick off. This is a nice feature and a good change from
the usual extra time system at the end of a drawn match.