Sinclair User

World Cup Year '90
By Empire
Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Sinclair User #101

World Cup Year 90 Compilation

Well, the boys done good, they gave it 110%, and I myself personally think it's a game of two halves and it's all about putting the ball in the back of the net; we went for a result, and at the end of the day we got one.

Yes, it's another footie game compilation, and just for a change there are no punctured bladders in here - they're all firm and bouncy. Possibly the bounciest is Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot, a full-scale eleven-a-side top-down game complete with sliding tackles, throw-ins, corners, goal kicks, fouls and a full league structure. The graphics here are good, much better than the substantially similar Kick Off, and the players move smoothly. Boss music too.

Tracksuit Manager got 93% and an SU Classic when we first reviewed it, and it's still the best management sim around, in the sense that it has the most detail: but if you're looking for arcade action, this is one to avoid. Tables, lists, figures, menus, reports, options, and all the actual fixtures games played by the computer and over in a second!

Kick Off is similar in appearance to Lineker, but has inferior graphics; the scrolling, though, is faster, and you have the options to practice playing skills and penalty shooting before entering the multi-player league.

A pretty good "team", then, which should "match" your desires completely if you've got the "balls". But if you're that keen on footie games, you may well have one or two of these already. At least you get an A3 World Cup poster with this package, and you wouldn't want to miss that, would you?

Overall Summary

Selection of arcade and management football games. One for variety fans.

Chris Jenkins

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