Ocean Software Ltd
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

Chris Bourne

Different in kind from both Football Manager and FA Cup games. This is a game of reactions, responses, animated graphics and the rest. It was designed by ace programmer, John Ritman (he of Batman fame) and the program is (sort of) the Spectrum equivalent of International Soccer on the Commodore.

A joystick is more or less mandatory on this one, and I must say I always found it a lot more fun playing against another human rather than the computer which seemed to me not to put up that great a fight. (If I can beat it there's something wrong somewhere.) Nevertheless it looks pretty good and the playing system - the member of your team your joystick is controlling (usually the one nearest the ball) is highlighted - works well.

For an actual game of soccer rather than a team management exercise Match Day is still the first choice.

Not Rated

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Ocean's Match Day. The bigger sprites make World Cup Carnival look pretty outclassed.