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TV Sports: Football (Amiga)

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Description

Before Electronic Arts sought to imitate television coverage of sports with their EA Sports titles, Cinemaware had the same idea, initially applying it to (American) Football. Cutscenes follow dramatic moments in the match, and each match is preceded by a TV-style introduction. The game is primarily action-based, although you also choose your plays before executing them. You then bring the passes and runs to life on the pitch itself. You can play single matches or full leagues, with any of the NFL teams of the time.

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TV Sports: Football Amiga Trying for the extra point
TV Sports: Football Amiga Title screen
TV Sports: Football Amiga Touchdown!
TV Sports: Football Amiga Close up of fans in the stands.

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1989 93 out of 100 93
The One Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Zzap! Mar, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1989 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1989 892 out of 1000 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1989 10.4 out of 12 87
Power Play Mar, 1989 85 out of 100 85
CU Amiga Feb, 1989 83 out of 100 83

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Trivia

Amiga version

The Amiga version of TV Sports: Football is the only version that has half-time shows, cheerleaders and shots of the coach getting mad. All of the others versions released for other computers are trimmed down and don't feature all of the animated scenes that the original Amiga version has.

C64 version

The Commodore 64 version of this game is trimmed down from the original Amiga version. It's missing all of the stats, two-player team option, fumbles and digitized voices.

Compatibility

Although released at different times, both the ST and Amiga versions suffered from compatibility issues with later models. The ST version wasn't compatible with the STe version which was launched shortly afterwards, while the Amiga version failed under Kickstart 2 or later, which was launched around 2 years later, although didn't reach the main entry-level market for another year.

Contest

Cinemaware sponsored a contest in which players could win a trip to Superbowl XXV.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #86 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #112 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #8 Most Innovative Computer Game
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Sports Game in 1989
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and Ricky Derocher
Martin Smith (76) added TV Sports: Football (Amiga) on Oct 28, 2003
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