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Match Day II

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad PCW
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Amstrad CPC
68
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ZX Spectrum
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3.0
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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 CPC Loading screen.
Match Day II MSX Beginning a match
Match Day II Commodore 64 Hey, get out of my way!
Match Day II Amstrad PCW Ritman United is in trouble

Alternate Titles

  • "Matchday II" -- In-game title

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 906 out of 1000 91
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 90 out of 100 90
Commodore User Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1990 87 out of 100 87
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
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 45 out of 100 45
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

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 (6891) and Martin Smith (63168)