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World Championship Soccer

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
2.3
SEGA Master System
47
1.0
Atari ST
...
5.0
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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 DOS Team Selection
World Championship Soccer Commodore 64 Title Screen
World Championship Soccer SEGA Master System What, 8 players?
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Left to its own devices the game can get stuck, so its possible the same could happen in 'normal' play. This situation persisted for around 20 minutes of game time - about 4 minutes real-time

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

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Feb, 1990 905 out of 1000 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Oct, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1989 76 out of 100 76
VideoGame SEGA Master System Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System May 09, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 44 out of 100 44
Sega-16.com Genesis May 24, 2007 2 out of 10 20
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 17 out of 100 17
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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