Bring me to the Main Page   Bring me to the Reviews Index

4th and inches logo

Accolade/US Gold, Amiga 19.99

4th and inches T hirty-two, sixteen, forty-eight... Hut! Hut! Hut! Everyone knows that Americans worship American Football more than they do the Pope, but what is it all about?

Well, your basic objective is to transport the ball from one end of the field to the other, scoring a touchdown if you reach the other end. You've got a number of different offensive and defensive moves at your disposal.
You take the role of both coach and players, selecting the team, strategy and different types of play, then putting those strategies to practical use. Played using either mouse or joystick, you can go just as silly in front of the telly as the Americans do in a crowd of a hundred thousand other lunatics.

Zzap, Issue 48, April 1989, p.18

Gordo With TV Sports Football as its competition, you've got to admit that 4th and Inches doesn't look so good. Technically, the Amiga version is just as accurate as the 64 and gives you pretty good game of American Football, but frills-wise - there just aren't any. The graphics are just a bit more well-defined than on the 64 and that's about it: no improvements in terms of presentation and nothing to add that bit of extra spice to the game. If you like your simulations bare and boney, you'll definitely love this. Everyone else, try it out first.

Thing: I'd give more than 4 inches!
Maff Whereas TV Sports Football uses the Amiga to produce some quite dazzling graphic effects, 4th and Inches doesn't show any improvements over the 64 version, released about a year ago. There's not much in the way of sound, either: just a couple of basic tunes and a second or two of sampled crowd roar. This is an accurate, if slightly easy, sim of American Football - but faced with a choice between this and the competition. I know which one I'd rather buy.

Neat screen display. Joystick or mouse option. One or two players.
Basic, poorly animated sprites on a bland pitch.
One or two uninspiring tunes, and a snippet of sampled crowd cheering.
Unfussy American Football lovers (who don't own TV Sports Football.
If you enjoy the sport, you'll probably keep at it for quite a while.
An accurate, no-nonsense sports simulation with a slightly disappointing no-frills approach.