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TV Sports: Football

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Commodore 64
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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 Commodore 64 Tackled
TV Sports: Football Commodore 64 That means Green Bay start with the main possession
TV Sports: Football Commodore 64 One of the infringements
TV Sports: Football Amiga Touchdown!

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Sep, 1989 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! 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
Power Play Atari ST 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 73 out of 100 73
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1989 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Apr 14, 2009 D+ 33


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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.


  • 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
Information also contributed by Martin Smith and Ricky Derocher
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