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Anco Software Ltd
John Mitchell
1989
Sport: Action
£9.95
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K
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Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

Best known in its 16 bit incarnations, the Speccy version of Kick Off (when it finally came out) proved to be quite a scrappy looking affair, with balls that went under the lines and goal markings that simply petered out for no reason whatsoever. But (but! but!) there still remained something to recommend it - the sheer speed with which it moved! There was no way you could accuse this game of slow and stodgy gameplay - the ball flew absolutely everywhere, bouncing around the players (overhead viewpoint, remember?) like the whole pitch was a giant pinball table or something. All of a sudden ninety percent of existing soccer games seemed pedestrian in the extreme. All in all then, it was easy to get into and a lot of fun (especially in two-player mode) but fell foul of some very scrappy graphics.

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And what a foul that was! So realistic we even heard it up here in commentary box!