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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 ZX Spectrum Not even close.
Kick Off NES Title Screen
Kick Off ZX Spectrum Ready for kick off?
Kick Off Amstrad CPC Penalty practice

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The One Atari ST Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 821 out of 1000 82
Commodore User Amiga Jul, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1989 57 out of 100 57
Mean Machines NES Apr, 1992 36 out of 100 36
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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