Away the lads! Away the
lads! Come on you
monochromes! Yep! It's that
footie time of year again!
Whadd'ya mean the cricket season is about
to start!?! Not on my Speccy it's not! This is
Microprose Soccer, from Micropose (who
Programmed by Smart Egg Software,
follows hot on the heels of
Gremlin's Gary Lineker's Hot Shot
and is very much
of the same ilk. Like Hot Shot
, it features overhead
viewpoints and arcade action with international
sides to compete against. Unlike Hotshot
is monochrome. Then again
has a large area at the bottom
(devoted to the pitch represented in miniature,
power levels and so on) this game does not. This
leaves a larger part of the screen for the main area
of play, and consequently larger sprites.
Furthermore, this game features much much
more! There is a big control box which I've
explained under Optional Extras [erm, to be included at a later date - NickH], and the choice of
playing against various international teams or even
up to sixteen of your mates in your own league! In
the international league the computer presents you
with a league table and brings you the results as
they happen for all the other fixtures. It should be
pointed out that this game was unusually written
especially for the 128K and then had bits chopped
off to fit a 48K version. So what we have here is a
much bigger game for the 128K, and conversely a
smaller game for the 48K.
In the latter version you don't get all the
international league tables and results, but you still
get to take on the same sides. The teams are
organised realistically to reflect the abilities of their
real life counterparts, so Oman are a pushover and
Brazil are well hard! If you do intend getting your
mitts on the world cup, then a tip from Microprose's
play tester, Kevin, is to choose Brazil as your team.
This means you don't have to play against them!
(Cunning, eh?) Mind you, you still have to take on
the mighty Italy. Ho hum!
So, how does it play? My answer is "Jolly well!!'
(Except that I don't really talk like that!). You can
choose a realistic-ish version with medium banana
shots or the 'really weird' high power banana game!
Microprose tells me that four major league football
teams were consulted on this matter and that all
were in favour of high powered bananas! This
means that if you actually perform a banana kick,
then the ball boomerangs in a big curve and
practically comes back to you! A trifle unrealistic
but good fun! It can also be used tactically. There
are back kicks to be performed, but Microprose
really does believe in 'friendlies' 'cos there's no
fouls in this game (Boo hiss! - Matt 'Bites Yer
. There are throws ins, corners and
goal kicks too. Here another plus over Hotshot
that you can control your goalie. I also like the
balance of arcade type play, the background league
info and computer generated results. It also bears
out Microprose's dictum, "Easy to play, difficult to
master." I know that we've seen a plethora of footie
games of late but if you're in the market for another
(or your first even!), then this is a gem. Over here
son, on me Speccy!
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