John Madden Football

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Unlike 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 Football Genesis Tactical options
John Madden Football Genesis Main menu
John Madden Football Amiga Choosing strategy
John Madden Football Amiga Opening kick

Alternate Titles

  • "John Madden American Football" -- European title

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Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Jan, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Raze Genesis Feb, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1990 36 out of 40 90
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Jan, 1991 10.6 out of 12 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Amiga May, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Genesis Jan, 1991 81 out of 100 81


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1001 Video Games

The 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

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