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Cult Games
Sport: Management
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Rickard Jones
Chris Bourne

On the Bench is a football manager simulation with all the standard football manager simulation features. Buying players, selling them back. Four leagues. Twenty two teams. Not to mention playing the game as well.

Not wishing to upset anyone, but in my considered opinion, this game is Rubbish with a capital R. And why is this game Rubbish with a capital R, I hear you cry? Well, consider this. Most of the ideas within the game are old hat. In fact, nearly all of them have come from Football Director by D&H Games. Not only are they unoriginal, but they're poorly executed too, take the Scout's reports, for example. The instructions tell you that these are always inaccurate. Well what's the point of having them then? And why do you have to wait for 90 seconds just for the score to come up? Hey?

If I were you, I'd leave On the Bench just there. It's certainly no substitute for superior products like Football Manager II.

Label: Cult
Author: Mark Harding
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: N/A
Reviewer: Rickard Jones

Sub-standard football sim. Leave well alone.