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Description

Kick Off was the first football game of its kind, having a top-down view and unlike other football games of that time, the ball was not glued to the feet of the players.

Playing Kick Off requires skills in ball control. There is an option to learn these skills without being harassed by the opposition. The set pieces like corner kicks, passing, sliding tackles and dribbling can be practiced to perfection. Each player on the pitch has a unique combination of 4 attributes, namely Pace, Stamina, Accuracy and Aggression. As you progress, you will need to adapt to different types of players. You can play in a league consisting of 8 teams. The teams in the league are on the whole evenly matched, but have different styles of play with players attribute to match that style. There is 12 different referees in the game.

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Kick Off ZX Spectrum Throw In
Kick Off Amstrad CPC But the keeper saves!
Kick Off Amiga The defender seems to everything under control here.
Kick Off ZX Spectrum Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Franco Baresi World Cup Kick Off" -- Italian title

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Amiga Jun, 1989 96 out of 100 96
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1989 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1989 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 49 out of 100 49
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1989 37 out of 100 37
Mean Machines NES Apr, 1992 36 out of 100 36
Retro Gamer Commodore 64 Nov, 2004 34 out of 100 34
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Apr, 1992 4 out of 12 33
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1989 2.6 out of 12 22

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Trivia

Awards

  • EMAP
    • Golden Joystick Rewards 1990: Winner Game of the Year.
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Phil King)

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