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World Championship Soccer

MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
59
2.8
Amiga
...
...
DOS
...
4.8
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Description

This soccer game lets you choose a team representing one of twenty-four countries around the world to participate in the World Championship tournament, which is identical to the real 1990 World Cup.

Once you pick your team you can also select which players you want on the field, so that you can round out the team's strengths and weaknesses. Also provided are modes for single exhibition matches, either against the computer or against a friend.

The action is viewed from above with large player sprites. Violent play is encouraged as there are no free kicks. The gameplay is rather simple: you can only control the player closest to the ball, and many soccer rules (such as penalty flags and offsides) are missing.

Screenshots

World Championship Soccer Genesis Center received and preparing the shoot...
World Championship Soccer Amstrad CPC Goal.
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum This is what a goal looks like, it's taken from the second day of the competition
World Championship Soccer Atari ST The groups.

Alternate Titles

  • "World Cup Soccer" -- European / Japanese title
  • "World Cup Italia '90" -- European SEGA Mega Drive + Master System title
  • "World Cup Italia 90" -- Italian title
  • "Super Futebol 2" -- Brazilian Master System title
  • "Super Futebol" -- Brazilian Mega Drive title
  • "Sega Soccer" -- Alternative US title
  • "ワールドカップサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Sega-16.com Genesis Apr 24, 2012 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Genesis Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA Master System Jul 23, 2009 11 out of 20 55
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 44 out of 100 44
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jun 01, 2002 F 0

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Trivia

Version differences

The 8-bit computer versions are slightly cut down. Drawn matches on the C64, Amstrad and Spectrum version always end in a rematch rather than extra time and penalties, while the Spectrum and Amstrad versions lacks corners or throw-ins; the ball instead rebounds off invisible walls on the touchline.
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