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TV Sports: Football

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
...
4.0
DOS
...
4.5
Amiga
89
3.7
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Description

Before Electronic Arts sought to imitate television coverage of sports with their EA Sports titles, Cinemaware had the same idea, initially applying it to (American) Football. Cutscenes follow dramatic moments in the match, and each match is preceded by a TV-style introduction. The game is primarily action-based, although you also choose your plays before executing them. You then bring the passes and runs to life on the pitch itself. You can play single matches or full leagues, with any of the NFL teams of the time.

Screenshots

TV Sports: Football TurboGrafx-16 The announcer
TV Sports: Football Atari ST Strategy
TV Sports: Football Commodore 64 The coin toss
TV Sports: Football Commodore 64 Nothing gained here

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1989 93 out of 100 93
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1989 900 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1989 10.4 out of 12 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 73 out of 100 73
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Apr 14, 2009 D+ 33

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Trivia

Amiga version

The Amiga version of TV Sports: Football is the only version that has half-time shows, cheerleaders and shots of the coach getting mad. All of the others versions released for other computers are trimmed down and don't feature all of the animated scenes that the original Amiga version has.

C64 version

The Commodore 64 version of this game is trimmed down from the original Amiga version. It's missing all of the stats, two-player team option, fumbles and digitized voices.

Compatibility

Although released at different times, both the ST and Amiga versions suffered from compatibility issues with later models. The ST version wasn't compatible with the STe version which was launched shortly afterwards, while the Amiga version failed under Kickstart 2 or later, which was launched around 2 years later, although didn't reach the main entry-level market for another year.

Contest

Cinemaware sponsored a contest in which players could win a trip to Superbowl XXV.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #86 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #112 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #8 Most Innovative Computer Game
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Sports Game in 1989
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and Ricky Derocher
Contributed to by Quapil (4736), Martin Smith (76), Martin Smith (63058) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)