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Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Steve Jarratt
Chris Bourne

Gremlin hit the crossbar.

Just when you thought the glut of soccer games was over, along comes another Gary Lineker-endorsed product to prove everybody wrong. Taking a more mainstream approach than many of the same genre, GL's Hot Shots provides a one or two player game of eleven-a-side soccer.

The pitch and team members are viewed from overhead and control is apportioned in the usual way, with the player nearest the ball coming under direct control. Pressing the fire button causes the player to kick the ball when in possession, and attempt a sliding tackle when not. Fouls are taken into consideration, so too much Vinny Jones off-the-ball defence is frowned upon.

Ball-control also follows the now-standard procedure: while the fire button is held down, a sliding meter varies the strength of shot, and pointing the joystick changes the direction of shot accordingly. In this way, banana shots and overhead back-kicks can be executed. Surprisingly, the player becomes stationary when the joystick is pressed, allowing the opposition to catch up and attempt a tackle.

The package supports a wide range of options, including a choice of pitch surface and colour, team colours and game length.

Reviewer: Steve Jarratt

Atari ST, £19.99dk, Imminent

Amiga, £19.99dk, Imminent
Spec, 128 £7.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Out Now
IBM PC, No version planned

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 55/100
1 day: 52/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 25/100
1 year: 0/100

Entertaining at first, but has too many flaws to be considered a long-term pastime.


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Trickier to play than the C64, but at least the computer provides a worthy opponent. Awful character block scrolling and jerky player movement make the game a little disorienting at times.


Reasonably comfortable to play, but solo participants won't get much of a game from the thicky computer. Blocky sprites and juddery scrolling do little to enhance its appeal.

Graphics: 5/10

Audio: 5/10

IQ Factor: 3/10

Fun Factor: 7/10

Ace Rating: 550/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 70/100

1 hour: 75/100

1 day: 70/100

1 week: 50/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 0/100

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(Left) C64 - Those with little taste may select to play on a red pitch. Not the pitch radar at the bottom of the screen.

(Above) Spectrum - It's an open goal, but that maximum-power kick is bound to be over the crossbar.