Kick Off

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Atari ST
Atari 8-bit
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Kick Off was the first football game of its kind, having a top down view and unlike other football games of that time the ball was not glued to the feet of the players. Playing Kick Off requires skills in boll control. There is an option to learn these skills without being harassed by the opposition. The set pieces like corner kicks, passing, sliding tackles and dribbling can be practiced to perfection. Each player on the pitch has a unique combination of 4 attributes, namely Pace, Stamina, Accuracy and Aggression. As you progress you will need to adapt to to different types of players. You can play in a league consisting of 8 teams. The teams in the league are on the whole evenly matched but have different styles of play with players attribute to match that style. There is 12 different referees in the game.


Kick Off Amstrad CPC He scores! You can almost see how happy he is.
Kick Off Amstrad CPC Throw in
Kick Off Atari 8-bit Penalty practice
Kick Off Atari ST Kick Off!

Alternate Titles

  • "Franco Baresi World Cup Kick Off" -- Italian title

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 821 out of 1000 82
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 37 out of 100 37
Retro Gamer Commodore 64 Nov, 2004 34 out of 100 34
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 2.6 out of 12 22


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  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Game of the Year.
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Phil King)

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