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Ocean Software Ltd
1984
Sport: Action
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

50,51
Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

Obviously realising that this summer is going to be a long, hot footie one, what with the YS Footie Spectacular roaming the streets (oh, and the World Cup), the Hit Squad's done the obvious thing and dug out this old fave. It's THE footie game, really, and one that absolutely everyone should have a copy of. Even you.

Considering the ©1984 lurking in the depths of the cassette inlay (making it nearly as wrinkly as ouor Prod Ed), Match Day is looking very sprightly indeed. It's got everything! Half-decent graphics, vaguely convincing ball control and a complete absence of lists of numbers. The only thing that slightly annoys me is that you control whoever's closest to the ball. While this is fine for most of the time, occasionally you'll find control flipping between players when you don't particularly want it to. Perhaps it should wait 'til you press Fire or something. Not to worry though.

And the best part? Definitely the ultra-convincing simulation of the referee's whistle at the beginning of the match. It's unsurpassed!

Until Match Day II comes out on barg this is probably the best bet for the footie-frenzied light-of-pocket.

84%

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Matchday may not fare so well in the old footballers-hugging-and-kissing-each-other-whenever-they-score-a-goal department but it's still a bit of a stomper!