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Sensible Soccer: European Champions - 92/93 Edition

aka: Sensible Soccer v1.1
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With the original Sensible Soccer having sold hugely, this updated version was released some months later (and then used as the basis for the later console versions). The teams are updated, with the sides present in the 92-93 European tournaments included, and the player names updated to take transfers into account.

The game was tidied up and changed in a number of areas. The most significant change is the addition of red and yellow cards for discipline (2 yellow card offenses or one ā€˜professional foulā€™ (denying your opponent a clear goal-scoring opportunity) results in that player being sent off). The goalkeepers have been improved in skill, and the 1994 World Cup Qualifying tournament was added.

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Credits (Amiga version)

12 People

Published by
  • Renegade
Designed by
Programmed by
Graphics by
Original Soundtrack by
  • Captain Sensible
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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 85% (based on 22 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 28 ratings with 3 reviews)

One flaw ruins this port.

The Good
Sensible Soccer is a classic football game. The visuals are simple, the players are tiny, the sound is simple, and the gameplay is just perfect. Two player Amiga Sensi is a beautiful thing, mainly due to all the finetuning Sensible did. The IBM port is fairly good technically, making use of Mode-X and hardware scrolling, delivering a much smoother game than many other IBM football games at the time.

The Bad
The guys who did the IBM conversion took all the routines designed for 50hz, and ran them at 70hz. This means that the game runs too fast, and all the gameplay finetuning Sensible did on the Amiga is wasted, ruining the game. This is a shame, as otherwise the IBM version is a very good port. The other bad point is that the original Captain Sensible theme tune is absent, replaced by some godawful Adlib tune.

The Bottom Line
A classic on virtually any other platform than the IBM. I would recommend the Amiga, ST and Archimedes versions, as they all play well.

DOS · by seymour butz (18) · 2006

Not realistic but that's because it's so much fun!

The Good
First of all, it's extremely playable. Learning the controls takes virtually no time. It's fast, in fact incredibly fast. You can pass all the playfield in no more than two seconds, and even score a goal too.

Another interesting feature of the game is its indepth database of soccer teams and their players. Almost all the national and local teams are available. You can completely customize the teams, and change tactics. There is even a star system built into the game, that is the finest players have a star after their names. So, you can understand which players are the best ones even if you don't know a team very well.

The Bad
It's not realistic enough. But that's because it's so much fun! Anyway, once you have learned from which directions the goalkeepers are most vulnerable you can score 10 goals in a row.

The Bottom Line
A different soccer game that stands apart from the competition with its unique style.

DOS · by IJan (1972) · 2006

Addictive and ultra-playable; a classic.

The Good
I liked the sheer pace of the games and the incredible playability. It's a simple concept that's brilliantly transformed into one of the most entertaining footie sims ever.

The Bad
The graphics are, albeit functional, a bit too simple. The audio isn't great either; very repetitive and to the point of being a bit annoying, actually.

The Bottom Line
It's a top-down, in-your-face football "simulation" that actually plays more like an arcade game. The top-down view proves to be functional, and once you get the hang of it, you'll find that even though it lacks something both sonically and visually, it's an enormously entertaining game - thanks to "Sensi"'s incredible playability.

DOS · by Ola Nymo Trulsen (67) · 2006

Trivia

Upgrade offer

According to the German gaming magazine Power Play (issue 02/1993), owners of the Amiga and Atari ST versions of the predecessor Sensible Soccer: European Champions could upgrade their game to this new version. They simply had to send in their old game plus a upgrade fee. According to their issue 08/1993, this offer was only available inside the UK.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #10 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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  • MobyGames ID: 13071

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

Acorn 32-bit added by Rola. Amiga CD32 added by Kabushi. DOS added by Ola Nymo Trulsen.

Additional contributors: Łukasz Rębisz, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST.

Game added April 30th, 2004. Last modified May 29th, 2023.