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Kick Off 98 is an international-team based football game, released to take advantage of the forthcoming 1998 World Cup. Game modes include practice (with several situations available, such as corners, dribbling and free kicks), warm up (a mode where the level of play increases as the player learns to play more effectively), quick start, friendly, cup, world cup, ANCO Challenge (where the player chooses increasingly difficult opponents), network play and a name/appearance editor.

The game was fully localized in several countries, such as Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal.


Kick Off 98 Windows The referee warning a player.
Kick Off 98 Windows A long throw
Kick Off 98 Windows The famous Bebeto cradle
Kick Off 98 Windows Player editor

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Alternate Titles

  • "KO98" -- Short title

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PC Jeux Windows Dec, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Jeux DOS Dec, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Meristation Windows Dec 10, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 30, 1997 56 out of 100 56
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 30, 1997 56 out of 100 56
PC Action Windows Dec 17, 1997 55 out of 100 55
GameStar (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 46 out of 100 46
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1998 41 out of 100 41
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1997 38 out of 100 38
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 38 out of 100 38


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While billed as fully localized, the Portuguese version is lacking on that department. A lot of Spanish words are still mixed with Portuguese text, poor name choices for some options and the commentary is poorly edited, with a lot of lines with cropped in the end.
Contributed to by Luis Silva (13290)