World Championship Soccer

Critic Score User Score
DOS
...
4.8
Commodore 64
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3.5
Genesis
66
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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 Running away with the ball
World Championship Soccer Commodore 64 Choose your country.
World Championship Soccer Genesis Kick Off
World Championship Soccer DOS Team Selection

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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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1989 10.8 out of 12 90
Raze Genesis Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80
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
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 23 out of 100 23
Sega-16.com Genesis May 24, 2007 2 out of 10 20

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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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