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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 Choosing strategy
John Madden Football Amiga Copy Protection
John Madden Football Genesis The quarterback has only two eyes...
John Madden Football Amiga Scrolling title

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Alternate Titles

  • "John Madden American Football" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Zero Genesis Feb, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Feb, 1992 925 out of 1000 92
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Jan, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Amstar Genesis Jan, 1991 14 out of 20 70 Genesis Aug 09, 2010 6 out of 10 60
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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