World Cup Soccer is Macmillan's latest release
under their new 'Professional Touch' range. The package
consists of two programs and book with an introduction
from famous goalie Ray Clemence. The first of the two
programs is a football manager type game using the World
Cup as it setting. The first thing to do is pick the
country you wish to represent. Playing the manager of
the country of your choice, you can either select your
own team or opt for the default team supplied by the
computer. When choosing self-selection there's the chance
to really go to town, as you are not limited to players
from that country. The cast of players contains many
famous names, stars from past and present including
Moore, Pele and Ardiles. Each player has three ratings:
Strength, Stamina and Speed, each being expressed as
decided on your team, the program tells you what group
you're in, plus who is the host country. You are then
presented with several options. You can either view
the ratings, position table and fixtures, or play the
match. When you select to play the match, a scoreboard
appears with a clock counting up to the 45-minute mark.
During play, if someone scores, it is announced with
a burst of white noise and a comment telling you who
scored -- worth making a note of when it comes to reselection.
Players may also get injured or booked. If a penalty
is awarded you are asked which way you'd like to shoot/dive.
Once you have decided, a computer-controlled graphic
screen is represented. The referee blows his whistle
and the penalty takes place.
outcome of the first half depends on your team selection
skills, while the second half is arcade based. When
playing the second half, you are presented with two
mini arcade games, 'Header' and 'Shoot'. In Header you
control the head of one of your players. Footballs are
volleyed over from the left, and you have to move the
head left and right to knock one into the goal. The
goalie will dive and do his best to save your shot.
Next is Shoot, in which you control a football boot
defending a large goalmouth at the bottom of the screen.
At the top is a smaller goalmouth moving left and right.
A football is thrown on from a random position and the
aim is to defend your goalmouth while trying to score
in the moving goal. Upon losing a football, another
is thrown in from a random angle. Both games have a
set number of footballs allowed.
completing both arcade games, a rating is given on your
performance. Depending on this you're either awarded
extra goals, or the other side are. When you've completed
the match, the program gives information on how well
you're doing and then it's back to the first option
screen. Drawing on experience from the first half, it's
possible to restructure your team.
second program in the package is a factfile containing
information on World Cups since 1930. To get at the
information you have a choice of teams or competitions.
If you choose teams then a year must be chosen and the
program offers data on that team's progress. Information
on results, attendance figures and venues are given.
If you have chosen competitions, a year needs to be
input. You can then access the same data presented in
the teams' section. As a bonus, a quiz section is provided.
One or two player games are allowed and the questions
are presented in multiple-choice format. The quiz draws
from the large database of facts used by the factfile,
so the number of possible questions is massive.
I'm not overly
keen on football as a sport, from either a spectator
or participator's point of view, but I can see
that World Cup
Soccer would be
of interest to a soccer fan. The main point of
involvement probably being the factfile and quiz,
although some questions may, I suspect, be a mite
obscure even for a total football lunatic. The
World Cup Manager
section is yet another football manager style
game, no doubt inspired by the now legendary game
from Kevin Toms. The graphics are a bit crude,
but are definitely a lot better than some other
games of this genre. Overall, World
Cup Soccer contains
a much higher level of professionalism than most
other attempts at this kind of game.
packaged and put together.
spectacular, but sufficient.
A few beeps and snatches of music,
but little else.
Those with a passion for football
will find it hard not to get hooked.
Massive database should keep even
the most knowledgeable soccer junkie happy for
For Money 81%
Book and two games make a great
An unusual approach to a football
game that will appeal especially to fans of the