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Description

Goal! takes the basic gameplay of Dino Dini's previous Kick Off games, but updates most features in some way.

Teams from various European countries are included, and you can customise these by moving players around, and changing the starting lineups and formations. An Arcade Challenge mode sees you play matches against each of the five computer team speeds, in succession, until you lose one. You can also arrange leagues or play individual matches.

A wide range of options are included, with variable wind settings, a range of pitches and referees, variable match lengths, and the chance to play up/down or left/right, a choice of close or distant view, and variable computer speed and skill. All of these features can be combined in various ways with each other.

Screenshots

Goal! Atari ST Arcade challenge setup
Goal! DOS Choose your language.
Goal! Atari ST And he saves!
Goal! Atari ST Practice menu

Alternate Titles

  • "!גול" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Serious Soccer" -- 1994 re-release
  • "Dino Dini's Goal!" -- common name
  • "90 Minutes" -- Working Title

User Reviews

The best of Kick Off 2 combined with some good bits from Sensible Amiga Martin Smith (62978)
This is the best soccer game I've ever played. Amiga Dr Julius (3)
The best soccer game I've ever played! Amiga Fulvio Collodi (2)

Critic Reviews

Pelit Amiga May, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Games Amiga Jun, 1993 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker DOS Nov, 1993 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Amiga User International Amiga Oct, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Play Time Amiga Jul, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Génération 4 Atari ST Jan, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Power Play DOS Nov, 1993 48 out of 100 48

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Trivia

Development

The game was originally to be Kick Off 3, until Dino Dini left Anco for Virgin. To play up the connection with the Kick Off games, Virgin produced an advertisement for which the blurb was structured so as to highlight particular letters, which when taken in order spelled out 'Kick Off Three'.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #3 Best Sports Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Goal! PC & Amiga (A site dedicated to Goal! Lots of info on the game, tournaments and such... please check it out! :))
Contributed to by Kabushi (156561) and Martin Smith (62978)