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Joe Montana Football

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Joe Montana (Joe Cool) was an American National Football League player playing for the San Francisco 49ers as a quarterback. He was voted by the Associated Press as the most valuable player two years running (1989-90).

In Joe Montana Football the player can play a game of American Football with Joe Montana giving the player basic tips on the next best move. The player can play against a friend or play the computer with 3 difficulty levels (beginner, normal, and professional) in a full game (5 min per quarter) using all the real rules and scoring. The teams are made up of 28 American city names with no team names (or player names) mentioned. Once the coin is flipped and the kick-off the game begins.

The player controls the on-screen player as they try to run up the field. Once the player is downed the game turns to a play selection screen where the player can choose their next play (tactic) out of the 17 different preset plays available, as well as a punt, attempt at a field goal, or a turnover, all done in full view of the opponent (the CPU will change their play to match yours). More often then not Joe himself will give a tip on the best play that it will default to. On the field the player controlling the quarterback can throw it to the receiver (changing the player control to the receiver), change the receiver to pass to, or try to run with the quarterback. When play changes hands and the player becomes a defender the player has 6 defensive plays to choose from as well as a turnover. On the field the player controls a single player chosen by cycling though the players or selecting the player closest to the selected receiver. Two player mode works the same as single player but with a player instead of the computer.


Joe Montana Football Game Gear About to kick off
Joe Montana Football SEGA Master System The plays selection screen where I pick the next play, in this case trying to find a play to defend their play.
Joe Montana Football SEGA Master System The computer is about to pass to the receiver with the yellow arrow above their head.
Joe Montana Football SEGA Master System The kick-off as everyone runs after the ball.

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neXGam SEGA Master System May 02, 2013 6.8 out of 10 68
Raze SEGA Master System Jul, 1991 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Dec 13, 2005 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Game Gear Feb 16, 2004 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 17 out of 40 42


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