This is the follow up to Artic's relatively obscure
World Cup and is an arcade simulation of none
other than . . . the World Cup. The action begins in
the quarterfinals and up to eight people can take part
with eight teams competing against each other, and up
to eight real life players can take part.
game takes place on a football pitch roughly three times
the screen length. It follows a similar format to that
of Commodore's International Soccer in that you
are given a 3D panoramic view of the pitch. The match
is viewed through a scrolling window that follows the
movement of the ball.
team has six players with each player displayed as an
expanded multicolour sprite. When the game starts, the
players come running on to the pitch and take up their
positions up and down the field. One of the teams is
awarded the kick off for no apparent reason and the
defending team has to wait until the kick off has been
taken until they're allowed to move.
International Soccer, in which you play the footballer
nearest to the ball with the computer switching control
automatically, you have a limited control over the player
you wish to use. To change player you press fire and
you can then move to the player in your team nearest
to the ball. The other players that aren't being controlled
just stand still in their allocated places. When you've
finished using a player, he runs back to the position
from where he started.
goalkeeper moves into action whenever the ball comes
near him. The options you have are dive left or right.
To do so, move the joystick in the direction you wish
to dive and hit the fire button.
you play the computer, it obeys the same rules that
apply to you and is only allowed to move one player
at any given time. The match is played over two halves,
with a short graphic intermission as the teams run off
and then run back on again to take up their places.
Corners and throws are awarded, but the program doesn't
allow for offsides. Also included is a pause facility
and the option of having a tune played during the match.