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Kick Off

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
4.4
NES
...
3.5
ZX Spectrum
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3.4
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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 Atari 8-bit And this is how it would look if the corner kick was mine.
Kick Off Atari 8-bit Main Menu
Kick Off ZX Spectrum Running down the line
Kick Off Atari 8-bit My opponent gets a corner kick.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1989 9 out of 10 90
The One Atari ST Jun, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 821 out of 1000 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Video Games NES Apr, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 37 out of 100 37
Mean Machines NES Apr, 1992 36 out of 100 36
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Apr, 1992 4 out of 12 33
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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