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Goliath Games
Doug Matthews
1988
Sport: Management
£9.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

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Bob Wade
Chris Bourne

Goliath over the moon.

Football games have always teen big sellers and hardly a month goes by without someone claiming to have released the "ultimate" simulation. This one dispenses with the money and administration side of things and lets you get on with team management.

You're in control of a European national team - it doesn't have to be one of the home countries - and are trying to qualify for, and win, the Nations and World Cups. Everything is run via the calendar - group matches, friendlies, tours and the finals.

Your control over the team is extensive - you can choose from a squad of 100 players, each with individual reports on them and face opponents who can be inspected to similar depth.

There's no graphic action for the games, but you can have kick-by-kick reports of games if you want them. These are very detailed but do take a long time. You can speed these up, or for matches not involving your team get just a quick statistical breakdown of the games.

Other teams and players can be scouted to assess their strengths and weaknesses. There's tremendous variety in the tactics that the team and individual players can use.

Its not a football game to be played lightly because you have to analyse a lot of information to get the best team and results. This means it takes a lot of work before you get rewarding results. It also means that football freaks will be able to get totally immersed in it.

Reviewer: Bob Wade

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £9.95cs, Reviewed
Amiga, £19.95dk, Imminent
Atari ST, £19.95dk, Imminent
Ams, £9.95cs, Imminent
C64/128, £9.95cs, Imminent
IBM PC, £24.95dk, Imminent

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 55/100
1 hour: 50/100
1 day: 50/100
1 week: 50/100
1 month: 50/100
1 year: 40/100

Lacks sparkle but football fans are guaranteed many months of challenge.

1/10
N/A
8/10
1/10
588/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

There aren't any graphics or sound to speak of, presumably you're supposed to add you're own 'ere we go' chants, baton charges and head wounds.

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Scotland and Paraguay are deadlocked at 0-0, but there's plenty of time left in the game.