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1988
Sport: Action
£7.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Get in training with Gremlin.

Professional footballers don't always lead the glamourous lives we read about. Staying fit for each match calls for hard work, and long training sessions are a must.

Three main activities keep Mr Lineker fit: gym work-outs, ball control and field work. Gym Work is divided into four disciplines - weight training, push-ups, squat thrusts and the monkey bars. In each "event" Gaz works against the clock and either has to complete a set number of moves or cover a pre-determined distance. Pulse rate and energy levels are displayed at the side of the screen, and as the work-out progresses, the pulse rate increases and the energy level drops. Stopping to rest reduces the pulse rate, while taking a swig from a bottle of glucose boosts energy.

The ball control section simply requires the hero to keep a football bouncing off different parts of his body. For example, Gaz may have to head the ball three times, bounce it on his left knee twice and then kick it with his right foot. Out on the footie field, a dribbling test requires the ball to be guided between a set of cones, then shots at goal follow. Finally, in an accuracy test Gaz tries to shoot the ball through some suspended tyres. All the events can be practised individually, or strung together in a "designer training programme".

Despite the awful instruction sheet, Superskills is very easy to master once you know what you're supposed to be doing. Though Superskills is well put together and is fun to play, it won't take you long to burn out. Still, it's an improvement on the Lineker soccer game.

Reviewer: Andy Smith

RELEASE BOX
Atari ST, £24 95dk, Out Now
Amiga, £24.95dk, Imminent
Spectrum, £7.99cs, £12.99dk, Out Now
Amstrad, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
C64/128, £9.99cs, £14.99dk, Imminent
IBM PC, £19.99dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 80/100
1 hour: 85/100
1 day: 60/100
1 week: 40/100
1 month: 20/100
1 year: 10/100

Fun to play but lacks challenge.

7/10
4/10
1/10
6/10
590/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

Multi-load and slightly tougher to play than the ST version, there is too little in it to keep you interested for long.

ATARI ST VERSION

The graphics are fine, and the tune that plays throughout is quite jolly. Fun stuff, but too easy to keep you interested for very long.

Graphics: 7/10

Audio: 5/10

IQ Factor: 1/10

Fun Factor: 6/10

Ace Rating: 594/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 85/100

1 hour: 90/100

1 day: 60/100

1 week: 40/100

1 month: 20/100

1 year: 10/100

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Working out on the ST. Come on Gary, lock those elbows...