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Kick Off

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
3.4
Amiga
85
3.9
NES
...
3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Kick Off Amstrad CPC But the keeper saves!
Kick Off Amiga Penalty Practise
Kick Off ZX Spectrum You might not see it, but this player is running really fast.
Kick Off NES Title Screen

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

ST Format Atari ST Sep, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 821 out of 1000 82
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 57 out of 100 57
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) NES Apr, 1992 4 out of 12 33

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Trivia

Awards

  • 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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