Another football game arrives as we watch another season get under way. The winter months are fast coming upon us and could be the perfect time to sit out the first rounds of the Auto Windscreen Shield and head for managing success on the Amiga. This time,a relatively large company who are renowned for distributing PC and Amiga peripherals are invited to try their hand at the Amiga games scene. Leisuresof UK intend to make a big impact on the gaming front, and a football game could be just what it takes.
Football games are undoubtedly the Amiga's strong point, and have brought in more cash than any other genre. All the all-time greats have appeared on the Amiga and incidentally, most of them never made successful conversions onto the PC or any console. Sensible Soccer, Kick Off, Player Manager, Goal and Man Utd - Premier Champions are just a selection who owe their huge success to the Amiga.
Club and Country is one of the few football management games that offers jobs on club and international level. Sensible Software had aspirations to the idea but it was never given the time of day. After 10 seasons of non-stop promotions, relegations and cup exits, the last thing you want to do is retire. Club and Country gives you the option to mange the national team when your success becomes too much for the rest of the pack.
At the beginning of Club and Country, you are given a list of clubs to take on in division three. They all offer competitive salaries and a required league placing needs to be achieved for the forthcoming season. This leaves you with a defined target to achieve - failure to do so means sacking will be imminent.
Club and Country is one of the few football management games that offers jobs on club and international basis
Club and Country has an easy-to-use icon system which allows you to view all the statistics within seconds without having to plough through hundreds of menus. The icons are located on the right side of the screen, with the information displayed on the left, and your current status is displayed at the foot of the screen as a picture.
You begin with a small house, small car and a generally unappealing appearance. As you progress through the divisions picking up trophies and promotions, more money will come in, thus enabling you to afford a better life. So the actual objective of the game isn't to be the best team in the world in a completely fictionally way, but to earn enough money to live on and with luck, progressing and enjoying the higher life of football management.
The actual match sequences are immensely lacking in quality - there is no animated, graphical action, just a short and brief description on injuries and bookings, so you can't acquire a true estimation of your team's ability. You can make substitutions and swap players around during the match, but you can't alter the way your team plays.
Although these comments seem harsh in some respects, they are purely cosmetic and could have been tidied up. The depth and realism is present but simply overshadowed by the cartoon pictures. Another problem is the research. A first glance it looks like all the players' data is present and correct because Dennis Bergkamp is in Arsenal's line-up. However it seems the rest of the squads haven't been touched. There's no sign of an editor either, so it looks like you're stuck with them - unfortunately.