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Kick Off was the first football game of its kind, having a top-down view and unlike other football games of that time, the ball was not glued to the feet of the players.

Playing Kick Off requires skills in ball control. There is an option to learn these skills without being harassed by the opposition. The set pieces like corner kicks, passing, sliding tackles and dribbling can be practiced to perfection. Each player on the pitch has a unique combination of 4 attributes, namely Pace, Stamina, Accuracy and Aggression. As you progress, you will need to adapt to different types of players. You can play in a league consisting of 8 teams. The teams in the league are on the whole evenly matched, but have different styles of play with players attribute to match that style. There is 12 different referees in the game.


Kick Off Commodore 64 Penalty kick
Kick Off Commodore 64 Free kick
Kick Off Commodore 64 Hit the post.
Kick Off Commodore 64 Loading screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Franco Baresi World Cup Kick Off" -- Italian title

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Zzap! Dec, 1989 37 out of 100 37
Retro Gamer Nov, 2004 34 out of 100 34
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1989 2.6 out of 12 22


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  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Game of the Year.
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Phil King)

Kabushi (162985) added Kick Off (Commodore 64) on Apr 24, 2004
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