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Cult Games
1988
Sport: Management
£2.99
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

51
Nat Pryce
Chris Bourne

There have been soccer management games around ever since the Speccy was just a flicker in Uncle Clive's fevered imagination, and they've all sold squillions of copies ever since. Now Cult has brought out On The Bench in the hope that people will not be put off by the dire title and actually buy the game.

On The Bench is absolutely packed with features - crowd violence, police bills, tea profit, weeks out - the list takes up almost the whole cassette inlay, to the detriment of any useful instructions unfortunately. In fact the list is so long it's almost impossible to decipher the vast quantities of numbers and statistics which flood out all over the screen.

I must admit that I'm not a great expert on footie management games - this is the first I've ever played seriously - so I can't compare On The Bench with any others on the market, but I can say that I enjoyed playing it quite a lot. If you've already got a similar game then try before you buy (yuk, wot a cliche) otherwise OTB is a good game of this type at budget price so why not give it ago?

7/10