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Der Vorläufer dieses Spiels hat geschafft, wovon die meisten Fußballsimulationen nur träumen können: Er brachte „Kick Off“, den Meister aller Klassen, ernsthaft in Bedrängnis. Dann kam „Kick Off 2“ und sorgte wieder für klare Verhältnisse – bis jetzt?

Manchester United Europe Weit über 100.000 Exemplaren von „Manchester United“ sind bereits über den Ladentisch gewandert, was sicher nicht zuletzt daran liegt, daß es als einziges Soccer-Game einen Action- und gleichzeitig einen vollwertigen Managerteil bieten kann. Beim Nachfolger ist man jedoch von diesem Rezept wieder abgerückt und hat den Schwerpunkt voll auf den Rasen verlagert. Alles, was noch an Strategie übriggeblieben ist, ist die Möglichkeit, unter verschiedenen Aufstellungen zu wählen...

Manchester United Europe hat alle nur denkbaren Cup-Ausscheidungen im Angebot, vom UEFA Cup bis hin zu Exoten wie dem (hier erstmals simulierten) Europa Super Cup. Und wer einen dieser praktischen Vier-Spieler-Adapter besitzt, kann ihn jetzt ebenfalls verwenden – zwei Leute dürfen auf dem Feld rumflitzen, die anderen beiden stehen im Tor. Die übrigen Optionen sind allerdings nicht besonders ergiebig: Man kann die Spielzeit zwischen 4 und 90 Minuten Ehtzeit einstellen, den Namen des Managers ändern und die Spielstatistik beäugen (erzielte Tore, gelbe/rote Karten, Fouls, etc).

Sobald jedoch der Anpfiff ertönt, ist die dürftige Auswahl vergeben und vergessen – auf dem Rasen gibt’s nun wirklich alles, was Fußballerherzen höher schlagen läßt! Besonders die super animierte Grafik ist ein Genuß, und weil der komplette Bildschirm ausgenützt wird, ist das Spielfeld so übersichtlich geraten, daß man den weggefallenen „Radarschirm“ überhaupt nicht vermißt. Außerdem sind tausenderlei kleine Details vorhanden, beispielsweise Kopfbälle, die Ersatzspieler laufen sich vor dem Einwechseln am Spielfeldrand warm, alle 250 (!) Mannschaften haben ihr eigenes Emblem, die jederzeit erhältliche Zeitlupenwiederholung ist abspeicherbar, und die Einwurf- bzw. Ekkentechnik wurde mit Hilfe eines frei plazierbaren Cursors sogar deutlich besser gelöst als bei „Kick Off 2“ – hätte man Fallrückzieher auch noch eingebaut, wäre die Sportschau im ARD schon fast überflüssig...

Der Sound ist ebenfalls prächtig, die Zuschauer im Stadion gehen richtig mit; bloß die Musik ist etwas düdelig, aber die muß man sich während des Spiels ja nicht anhören. Auch die Steuerung verdient Lob, denn einerseits kommen Anfänger gut zurecht, während Fortgeschrittene richtig zaubern dürfen. Daß es unterm Strich doch (wieder) nicht ganz reichen wird, um „Kick Off“ die Butter vom Brot zu stehlen, liegt am dürftigen Optionsangebot, dem leichten Ruckeln bei der Grafik und dem Umstand, daß es nur einen Platz und keine unterverschiedlichen Witterungsverhältnisse gibt. Trotzdem ist Manchester United Europe ein wirklich gelungenes Fußball-Vergnügen – so sicher, wie der Ball rund ist! (mm)

Amiga Joker, September 1991, p.?

Der Amiga Joker meint:
"Manchester United Europe gebührt ein Platz auf der Ehrentribune für Fußbalsimulationen!"

amiga joker
Manchester United Europe
Grafik: 81%
Sound: 69%
Handhabung: 80%
Spielidee: 62%
Dauerspass: 83%
Preis/Leistung: 78%

Red. Urteil:
Variabel
82%
Preis: ca 74,- dm
Hersteller: Krisalis
Genre: Sport

Spezialität: Komplett in deutsch, mehr Features bei 1MB, Spielstände auf Extradisk speicherbar.



Manchester United Europe logo CU Amiga Screen Star

With the Reds sweeping all before them in the Cup Winner's Cup, Krisalis look for their own European glory. Dan Slingsby reports from the touchline.

After the flood of excellent footy games released last year to cash in on the World Cup, 1991 has been noticeably devoid of decent soccer sims. The CU Premier League All- Star Division has had to make do with the data disks for Anco's superb Kick Off 2, turning our collective noses up at such taudry recent efforts as Simulmondo's I Play 3D Soccer and CDS's European Superleague.
Now, in a masterpiece of timing, Rotherham-based softcos, Krisalis, have come up with the follow-up to last year's Manchester United kickabout. This time the squabbles of the domestic league have been left behind as United set off to conquer Europe and teach the rest of the world what a decent game of footy is all about.

Manchester United Europe The European version offers a choice of all three major competitions plus the Super Cup for those who succeed in guiding United towards the winner's rostrum in either the European or Cup Winner's cups. More than 250 clubs are included in the three competitions, including household names from the likes of Iceland, Norway and Luxembourg(!), and each is represented by their authentic club insignia and player line- up. The game's many menus are all easily accessible, thanks to polished presentation screens that use a system of icons to guide the player through the many choices, options and varied statistics.
As with the first game, the European version offers a forced 3D perspective which gives a grandstand view of the pitch as opposed to Kick Offs bird's-eye view. The cartoony sprites of the original have been replaced by more realistic-looking players and the game also benefits from a larger playing area and a greater range of shots and set pieces.

It's a game that's easy to jump straight in with, thanks to the simple joystick controls, but it also offers hidden depths and trick shots which only become apparent after frequent play. For instance, it's possible to set up your player for a diagonal run, back-heel the ball to another player who can then lob the ball into the goal area for a third team member to head it into the goal. Such complex gameplay might sound daunting, but is very easy to pull off.
The player nearest the ball is the one under direct control. Once possession is gained, the ball will stay at the player's feet as long as he doesn't make any swift changes in direction or accidentally stabs the fire button and kicks the ball away. To gain possession, simply weave in and out of a player's path as he dribbles the football or pull off a sliding tackle by whacking the fire button as you run towards the ball. Tackling a player from behind, however, will frequently result in a yellow card from the ref who tends to be a bit card happy at the best of times. Our esteemed editor, the gentlest of souls off the pitch but a fouling hatchet man on it, managed to have four players sent off for just such an offence.
A quick stab on the fire button will send the ball scuttling up the pitch, but there are a range of after-touch options which make the match more entertaining. it's possible to curl or lob a ball to perfection as well as producing a volley, headers or a sliding shot which either result in spectacular goals or make you look incredibly stupid for attempting such a kick in the first place. Add to that a range of corner kicks, free kicks, throw-ins and penalties and you have a convincing array of shots at your disposal.

Before wading into the opposition, a quick look at the opposing team's playing formation is advisable so that alteration's to United's line up can be made. There's also a battery of statistics that can tell you who did what at the end of each match - a useful idea even if it's only used to substitute a player who looks likely to collect another yellow card and get sent off. You can chose from up to four subs with a neat animation sequence showing the players warming up before they make their entrance included for those of you with 1 Meg machines.

The goalie in each match is computer controlled except for penalties when you have the option of send the goalie diving either to his right or left. It's also possible to play a four-player match, if you've got one of the special plug-in adaptors that are currently available, so that one player controls the outfield on each team and the other two get lumbered with the more boring task of controlling the goalies. Another extra is the replay facility which lets you view the last ten seconds of the game at any time. Great to watch that forty yard lob sink slowly into the back of your mate's undefended goal!

Apart from one or two reservations, such as the inability to switch control between players at crucial points in the game and the slightly slow movement of the players across the pitch, this is a fine addition to the football game genre. There are few disks I take home from CU Towers to add to my collection, but this is definitely one of them.

CU Amiga, July 1991, pp.88-89, 91

UP FOR THE CUP
Krisalis must have a crystal ball to hand when deciding the release schedule of their games. The original Man Utd game was released the minute the Reds bagged the FA Cup, and this season sees them releasing the sequel just as United walk off with the Cup Winner's Cup. How's that for timing?!
If you're wondering why Krisalis picked Manchester United as the team to transfer to the pixel pitches of the Amiga, perhaps it has something to do with the estimated 250,000 followers the team can count on across Europe and the fact that Krisalis's boss, Tony Kavanah, is a committed United supporter of many years standing.
 

THE GLORY, GLORY YEARS
With last year's FA Cup win and this years European Cup Winners Cup, success United have made a welcome return to form. The club has not always courted success however and their first few years of existence saw the team struggle to beat even the most abysmal opposition. Originally called Newton Heath, the club didn't join the Footbal League until 1892 when they ended the season firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table. Although United picked up the league title in 1908 and the FA Cup the following year the interwar years proved particularly fruitless and the club had to be saved from bankruptcy by a local businessman. During the Second World War, United's Old Trafford ground was bombed by the Lufftwaffe forcing United to share Manchester City's Maine Road ground.
After the end of the Second World War, the now-legendary Matt Busby took over as manager. Within six years United had picked up the league title, FA Cup and been league runners-up no less than four times.
Busby also encouraged a number of young players who eventually worked their way into the team. 'Busby's Babes' as they became known took the team onto even greater glory winning tour more league titles. Unfortunately fate conspired against the team and many were killed in an horrific plane crash in Munich. Undoubtedly the 8th February 1958 is a black day in British football. After having beaten Red Star Belgrade to reach the European Cup semi-finals the team were forced to stop-over at Munich for refuelling. As a heavy snow storm raged the plane attempted to take off only to crash at the end of the runway as the engines failed.
Half the team died and many others were seriously injured.
Building a new team around the talents of Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law, United clinched their seventh league title in 1967. The club then went on to secure the European Cup the following year. Although United have since picked up the FA Cup no less than four times the club has had little other success. Plagued by injuries the sacking of manager Tommy Docherty after an affair with a phvsio's wife. a number of multi-million pound transfers that went wildly wrong and wracked by boardroom disputes.
 

KRISALIS £25.99
Brilliant kickabout set to rival Anco's Kick Off
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OVERALL 90%