Football crazy, football mad! Have you ever fancied yourself as a football manager? If you have, you'll have probably bought games like this millions of times already. But those kind people at Challenge Software seem to think you need a new football managing program for your collection.
So what has Treble Champions got to offer that all the others haven't? See for yourself: four divisions of twenty teams, a non-league division, league tables, fitness training, coaching, midweek matches and the option to start in any division you fancy. Here is a detailed look at some of the more interesting features...
To make things more realistic the program only gives you a set number of hours a week for team management. This forces you to choose carefully what you do with your players. Keeping an eye on the team's financial situation is also an essential.
Interest on the team's dash is due once a week, and if your current account is overdrawn the directors will nominate players to be sold, by cancelling their contracts to make them available for transfer.
A number of options can be customised to your liking to give you more help in managing your team. You can choose to have auto results which changes the program so that it quickly goes through all the results; you can select any border colour; after ten matches you can save out the game to avoid battling up the league again, and there's the option to get a print out of anything, so you can easily refer back to your progress.
Despite all this, with endless football management games on the Spectrum market, I don't really see why Challenge Software thought we needed another. If you think this is for you, get it, but we've seen it before and a lot better.
NICK ... 35%
'I have to admit to a bit of addictivity about football management games, or at least, six or seven years ago. What I'd like to know is how the bloke who wrote this persuaded anyone to market it. Once the first bit has loaded (it's a multi load folks!) you wait for hours for it to get on with the rest; It puts up that old 'please waft' sign white it Initialises the variables and things. I don't think I've seen anything like this since 1984! There are NO special features to recommend it; it doesn't even have the endorsement of a popular footballing star (as If that made any difference).'
MIKE ... 33%
Too little, too late in an already crowded area of gamesplaying.