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John Madden Football

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Unlike the first computer versions, this game originated on consoles and focuses on the action on the field instead of detailed strategy. There is still a detailed range of moves available, all grouped for quick selection.

Game play modes include regular season, playoffs and sudden death. The game features 16 regular teams plus one All-Madden team, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Play actions include selecting a pass recipient as a play unfolds, block tackles, dives and sackings. Different weather conditions come into play when it's wet, snowy or muddy.


John Madden Football Genesis Title screen
John Madden Football Genesis Getting started...
John Madden Football Genesis Running...
John Madden Football Genesis Attempting a field goal

Alternate Titles

  • "John Madden American Football" -- European title

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The Press Says

Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Jan, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Génération 4 Genesis Jan, 1991 9 out of 10 90
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 82 out of 100 82 Genesis Aug 09, 2010 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 04, 2000 C- 42


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1001 Video Games

The Mega Drive version of John Madden Football appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • InDin (INdustry DINner - a gathering of UK industry people)
    • 1990 - voted as Videogame of the Year (Genesis version)

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