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Description

Sensible Soccer (known in the US as Championship Soccer '94) is a soccer (football) game similar to the Kick Off series. The graphical view is from a distance overhead, making the players small on screen, but allowing player to view around half the pitch.

The basic control system involves loose control, making running with the ball (‘dribbling’ in football parlance) a skill to master, and putting the emphasis on one-touch passing, which can be easily performed by tapping the fire button.

The game features customisable league and cup competitions as well as pre-set ones including the 1992 European Championships. There are 168 teams in total, 40 European nations, the 64 top club sides, and 64 custom teams with names ranging from self-indulgent to comical, and their details are fully editable. At club and country level, each team has three star players who are more gifted that the others.

Screenshots

Championship Soccer '94 SEGA CD The league menu
Championship Soccer '94 SNES Custom teams
Championship Soccer '94 SNES Title screen
Championship Soccer '94 Amiga Matches can be played on different type of pitch.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sensible Soccer: European Champions" -- European title

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User Reviews

The Greatest Amiga Game Of Them All Amiga Martin Smith (62978)

Critic Reviews

Amiga User International Amiga Nov, 1992 94 out of 100 94
The One for Amiga Games Amiga Jun, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Zero Amiga Aug, 1992 92 out of 100 92
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Dec, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Nov, 1993 2 out of 6 80
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1992 78 out of 100 78

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Trivia

Graphics

Sensible Software's small-man visual style became their trademark in the early 90s. It's first use was in an uncompleted Sensible Olympics game which was due for release to tie in with the 1992 games.

Kick Off

Although most people seemed to like either Sensible Soccer or Kick Off, Sensible's boss Jon Hare was a major fan of Kick Off, commenting in 1991 that he wished he'd written it "because it sold well, and deserved to sell well".

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Readers' Special Price for 1992
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #8 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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