This soccer game has already spent a few weeks bobbing about above the murky depths of the Amiga charts which, one presumes, has less to do with the somewhat dubious licence than with the quality of the game itself.
It's simple enough. The idea is to pick the best players from the squad, give them the benefit of your tactical prowess and, with adepth joystick waggling, stuff some opposition. While it is pitched as a mish-
There are more options than you'll ever find useful - you decide how long matches are, whether to play auto-
Let's say, just for the hel of it, that you fancy running the England show. You're presented with the opportunity to practice with some friendlies, or enter a cup and league competition with classy opposition. The players have the kind of bland names one expects but it doesn't take long to change the likes of Green and Jones into Gascoigne and Lineker. The names of international opposition are inane enough (Cousteau and Bleriot play for France) to merit being left alone.
Each player has various attributes indicated on an extremely simple table and you can manipulate these to suit any requirements. Once all this fuss is over you can get down to som e real fun. Everyone knows that a good game is simple to play and difficult to master. Emlyn Hughes starts off with the right idea. It doesn't take long to learn how to win the ball and distribute it. Scoring, and therefore beating the opposition, is a wholly different ball game.
Tricky joystick manipulation will give you the power to put the ball any place you please, but these skills need time and practice to be developed. The way to win is to get the measure of the pitch and work from there. The players will do the rest, at your command.
Unlike so many soccer games the offside rule has been included and it seems impossible to find players in an offending position.
No doubt everyone who brings this home will have a good fiddle with the match options. But the game is essentially a knock about, and a jolly good one at that.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
You can sense that this game has graduated from the 8-bits - the visuals are 'functional'. Players, while a tad stiff, do not suffer chronic arthritis. The crowd sound is cheerful and wonderful so despite being merely a random bag of muffled crowd cheers, beeping horns and unintelligible chants, it adds to the atmosphere and should be turned up. But kill the music at the earliest opportunity.
Definitely one of the more durable footie games mainly because of its wide range of shots and passes. Victory over all the computer opponents will take time and there are enough surprises to make it a good wheeze for two players.
It lacks speed, tactical difficulties are virtually non-