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Unlike the first computer versions, this game originated on consoles and focuses on the action on the field instead of detailed strategy. There is still a detailed range of moves available, all grouped for quick selection.

Game play modes include regular season, playoffs and sudden death. The game features 16 regular teams plus one All-Madden team, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Play actions include selecting a pass recipient as a play unfolds, block tackles, dives and sackings. Different weather conditions come into play when it's wet, snowy or muddy.


John Madden Football Amiga Opening kick
John Madden Football Amiga Scrolling title
John Madden Football Amiga Loading screen
John Madden Football Amiga Announcer welcomes you

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Alternate Titles

  • "John Madden American Football" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Jan, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Dec, 1990 36 out of 40 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Feb, 1991 904 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Sega Does Genesis Apr 12, 2017 B+ 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 82 out of 100 82
The Video Game Critic Genesis Jan 04, 2000 C- 42


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1001 Video Games

The Mega Drive version of John Madden Football appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Best console game - 16 Bit
  • InDin (INdustry DINner - a gathering of UK industry people)
    • 1990 - voted as Videogame of the Year (Genesis version

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