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||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 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
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