Match Day II

Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
87
3.0
Commodore 64
70
3.0
Amstrad CPC
73
2.4
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Description

The original Match Day was the first serious football game to hit the Spectrum, and this sequel emerged over 2 years later. League and Cup tournaments for up to 8 teams (any or all of which can be human-controlled) are offered alongside one-off Friendly matches with a handicap option - passcodes are given to allow you to restore these to the same state another day.

Matches are seven-a-side, with variable lengths from 10 to 30 minutes. All kicks except set pieces are variable in strength using a Kick-o-meter which is displayed on screen. One revolutionary feature of the game was the Diamond Deflection System, which mathematically calculated the angle and pace of any rebounds.

Screenshots

Match Day II Amstrad PCW Soccerama scores a goal
Match Day II ZX Spectrum Loading screen.
Match Day II Amstrad CPC Kick-off.
Match Day II ZX Spectrum Control select.

Alternate Titles

  • "Matchday II" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 906 out of 1000 91
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 881 out of 1000 88
Commodore User Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 838 out of 1000 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 7.6 out of 12 63
Power Play Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 3 out of 10 30
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 2.5 out of 10 25

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Trivia

Loading screen

The image recreated for the loading screen features England striker Gary Lineker during an international match. Gremlin Graphics also released three games licensed around Lineker, each with a loading screen which is very recognisably Lineker, plus the obscure budget game On the Bench also features an apparent image of him in its loading screen

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • CRASH
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards - Best Sports Game 1987 (readers choice)
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #69 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Contributed to by Rola (7517) and Martin Smith (63071)