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Kick Off also offers a totally new method of trapping and passing - which again introduced a new level of realism. Not as pretty as most other computer soccer games but far more playable - and in this type of game the playability is everything.
Atari ST User (Jul, 1989)
This is one of the fastest and most exciting action games around, and it just has to be the best football simulation ever. If it's realism, thrills and unrelenting action you want, go dazzle yourself and your friends with Kick Off - you won't regret it.
The One (Jun, 1989)
Anco's footie game is by far the best of its type to appear on 16-bit, and unless the opposition comes up with something really special it's all over bar the shouting.
ST Format (Sep, 1989)
Occasionally out comes a game that might not be the most brilliant executed piece of code but which has the essential characteristics which make an addictive game.
Untidy in places with sprite flicker and basic in-game presentation. Kick Off is otherwise technically impressive with very fast-moving action coupled to full-screen scrolling. At ten pounds (which Anco would have liked, but some chainstores preferred a higher price) it would have been superb value for money, but it's still a great buy.
Probably the best ST footie game yet, especially if you're more interested in gameplay than graphic thrills. Highly recommended.
But what about the gameplay. Your players automatically dribble the ball once they get hold of it, and turning with the ball can take a while to master (hold the joystick fire button down before touching the ball and you'll trap it, making it much easier to control) but once you do, you'll find the pace of the game makes it thoroughly enjoyable. Add to the great gameplay a host of skill levels, a league to play in and save option and you're onto a winner.
Mit KICK-OFF ist also – endlich, möchte man meinen – ein Fußballspiel entstanden, das in allen wichtigen Punkten rundum zufriedenstellen kann. Ein Programm, zu dem man ANCO nur gratulieren und den Fußball-Fans unbedingt raten kann. Bedenkt man den wirklich günstigen Preis, so kann man mit diesem Spiel wirklich nichts falsch machen.
Power Play (Jun, 1989)
Das Spiel ist wahnsinnig schnell (das Scrolling zum Glück auch) und duldet keine Verschnaulpausen. Langweilig wird es einem hier bestimmt nicht, aber das rasante Tempo hat auch Haken. So toll ich die Idee mit der Übersicht vom Spielfeld finde, so wenig habe ich sie wirklich genutzt. Ich klebte beim Testspielen mit den Augen immer auf dem Ball und hatte kaum mal Gelegenheit, auf die Karte zu linsen. Die flexible, aber schwere Steuerung macht es einem auch nicht leicht. Kick 0ff hat einen gewissen Unterhaltungswert; man darf sich aber nicht daran stören, daß das Spielgeschehen leicht chaotisch ist und gelungene Kombinationen oft Zufallsprodukte sind.