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World Championship Soccer

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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ZX Spectrum
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3.6
Commodore 64
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3.5
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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 SEGA Master System Second day results, Brazil wins again.
World Championship Soccer DOS Throw In!
World Championship Soccer Commodore 64 On the attack.
World Championship Soccer SEGA Master System Brazil goes for a corner kick.

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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1989 10.8 out of 12 90
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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
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
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 23 out of 100 23

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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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