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Description

This is an unusual take on the football management game, which features virtually no statistics. Up to four managers can join in, to lead their chosen team through the World Cup, from qualifying to the actual tournament. Tactics and training are hugely important due to the game's short time frame.

The players each have individual personalities, and these have been factored in during the game. Sometimes players will drink too much, fall in love, or have personality clashes with their team-mates or with you, all of which have to be factored in. The press will ask you loaded questions, so be careful how you answer.

At half-time in each match you can single out a particular player for praise or criticism - if the team feels that you were unfair, their performance might fade. The World Cup is emulated accurately, other than having 2 points for a win instead of 3. The colourful match graphics and oil-painted stills are the same in style as those in the League Edition.

Screenshots

On the Ball: World Cup Edition Amiga Main screen
On the Ball: World Cup Edition Amiga Training selection
On the Ball: World Cup Edition Amiga On-going training
On the Ball: World Cup Edition Amiga Choosing your nationality.

Promo Images

On the Ball: World Cup Edition Magazine Advertisement Part 1
On the Ball: World Cup Edition Magazine Advertisement Part 2

Alternate Titles

  • "WCE" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Anstoss: World Cup Edition" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Aug, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Games Jul, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Play Time Aug, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Aug, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Power Sep, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Format Sep, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Computing Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Datormagazin Sep 14, 1994 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Ascon (UK) offered a limited set of "On the Ball" merchandise - five metal badges each different facial expressions and box, three mouse pad motifs and sports watch. Along with clothing bearing the company name and logo. These could only be purchased by UK customers.
Martin Smith (76472) added On the Ball: World Cup Edition (Amiga) on Apr 07, 2006
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