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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 ball 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 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.

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Kick Off Amiga The defender seems to everything under control here.
Kick Off Amiga Penalty Practise
Kick Off Atari 8-bit Foul!
Kick Off Atari ST Line up

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Amiga Jun, 1989 96 out of 100 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1990 935 out of 1000 94
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
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Video Games NES Apr, 1992 64 out of 100 64
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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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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