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World Championship Soccer (ZX Spectrum)

World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Load screen

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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.

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World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum The game loads to this options screen. The choices are between a full world cup campaign, and a one or two player test match
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Romania kick off and head for goal. The active S Korean player, in white and flagged by a small triangle, is way behind the ball
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum ... but it didn't. The ball hit some invisible boundary and stayed in play. I don't think this game caters for goal kicks and corners
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum Confirmation of the team's characteristics comes up when they are chosen. If the wrong team has been chosen another can be selected.

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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Your Sinclair Mar, 1991 80 out of 100 80

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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.
Kabushi (121659) added World Championship Soccer (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 02, 2004
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