DescriptionUnlike the first computer versions, this game originated on consoles and focuses on the action on the field instead of detailed strategy. There is still a detailed range of moves available, all grouped for quick selection.
Game play modes include regular season, playoffs and sudden death. The game features 16 regular teams plus one All-Madden team, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Play actions include selecting a pass recipient as a play unfolds, block tackles, dives and sackings. Different weather conditions come into play when it's wet, snowy or muddy.
- "John Madden American Football" -- European title
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|Mean Machines||Dec, 1990||95 out of 100||95|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Jan, 1991||95 out of 100||95|
|Raze||Feb, 1991||94 out of 100||94|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Dec, 1990||36 out of 40||90|
|Génération 4||Jan, 1991||9 out of 10||90|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Feb, 1991||904 out of 1000||90|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Jan, 1991||10.6 out of 12||88|
|Power Play||Jan, 1991||81 out of 100||81|
|Sega-16.com||Aug 09, 2010||6 out of 10||60|
|The Video Game Critic||Jan 04, 2000||C-||42|
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1001 Video GamesThe Mega Drive version of John Madden Football appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
- EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
- April 1991: Best console game - 16 Bit
- InDin (INdustry DINner - a gathering of UK industry people)
- 1990 - voted as Videogame of the Year (Genesis version