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Match Day II

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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.


Match Day II MSX Loading screen
Match Day II Amstrad CPC Goal!
Match Day II Amstrad CPC Kick-off.
Match Day II Amstrad PCW Your player is the one with dots above his head

Alternate Titles

  • "Matchday II" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1988 906 out of 1000 91
Commodore User Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 881 out of 1000 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 838 out of 1000 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 9.8 out of 12 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 8 out of 10 80
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


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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


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

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