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Anco Software Ltd
John Mitchell
Sport: Action
Multiple languages (see individual downloads)
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

ST £19.95dk
Amiga £19.95dk
PC Out Soon
Spectrum £9.95cs, £14.95dk
C64 £9.95cs, £14.95dk
CPC £9.95cs, £14.95dk

Anco's championship-winning performance with Kick Off is down to the programming brilliance of Dino Dini, an Italian programmer who changed the rules of computer footy games. His revolutionary approach offered wide expanses of green grass, tiny footballers, but a very fast moving game. The effect was of a pitch that appeared to be realistic in scale, rather than the handkerchief-sized pitches that characterised so many other games.

Kick Off also offers a totally new method of trapping and passing - which again introduced a new level of realism. Not as pretty as most other computer soccer games but far more playable - and in this type of game the playability is everything.

There's just one bug in the lettuce here. The 8-bit versions of Kick Off, recently released, simply don't cut the mustard.