GFL Championship Football

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ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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This must be one of the earliest team sport games to use a first-person view – the packaging mocks the Xs and Os used to represent players in contemporary Gridiron games. What you see is what the player sees – control and viewpoint passes from the kicker to the receiver on a punt or kickoff, and the quarterback to the running back or receiver on a pass or kick. Releasing passes involves rotating the controls to select the pass direction. To take the ball, aim the visible hands in the centre of the screen.

There are 28 teams split into four divisions; their names are fictional (including the Seagulls, Mustangs and Geronimos), and each is rated out of 3 on 8 areas of skill. Matches last for 4 quarters of either 4 or 7 minutes' in-play time. Menus to select plays or teams involve using diagonal movements for selection.

Standard Gridiron rules apply – gain 10 yards in 4 attempts (downs) without fumbling or having a pass intercepted; kick a punt or field goal if you are about to fail at this.


GFL Championship Football Commodore 64 The value of your yardage can go down as well as up
GFL Championship Football DOS Play Selection - Kick Off
GFL Championship Football ZX Spectrum Choose your team
GFL Championship Football DOS Catching the ball (Tandy/PCjr)

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Génération 4 Amiga 1987 85 out of 100 85
Génération 4 Atari ST 1987 85 out of 100 85
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 75 out of 100 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 6 out of 10 60


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