TV Sports: Football

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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.


TV Sports: Football Amiga Beginning a play
TV Sports: Football Amiga The stats shown during half-time.
TV Sports: Football TurboGrafx-16 Fumble
TV Sports: Football Commodore 64 That means Green Bay start with the main possession

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The One for ST Games Atari ST Aug, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 10 out of 10 100
The One Amiga Jan, 1989 92 out of 100 92
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 84 out of 100 84
CU Amiga Amiga Feb, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Power Play Atari ST 1989 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 9.2 out of 12 77


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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.


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.


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


  • 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
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