Rugby Manager
By Artic Computing
Spectrum 48K

Published in Crash #33

Rugby Manager

The aim of this game is to win promotion to the first division no mean feat. There's plenty of competition, so you have to be on your toes. Having chosen a club to manage, a breakdown of your squad is given, with a numerical assessment of the skill and ability of the players.

To start the match, the cursor is moved to the matchstick icon on the main menu and then you simply watch your team perform. At the end, the final score is given, with details of attendance, gate receipts, players' wages, and loan interest. This is followed by match results for the whole division, and the current league table.

By choosing the pound sign icon you can find out about the club's financial situation. Loans can be used to buy a player to build up your squad. The transfer list is brought up by choosing the pen and form icon. This gives details of the player for sale: his skill and energy rating, the sellers, his current value, and whether other clubs are interested. Alternatively, you might want to give a player the old heave-ho, in which case, you choose the boot icon on the menu.

The season is long and hard, and only the most determined manager can hope for promotion. Only you, as rugby manager, can discover if you've got what It takes.


Control keys: Q up, A down, O left, P right
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair
Keyboard play: responsive
Use of colour: bad clashes on the match screen
Graphics: unadventurous
Sound: virtually non-existent
Skill levels: one
Screens: six

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