DescriptionSensible Soccer: European Champions is a soccer (football) game similar to the Kick Off series. The graphical view is from a distance overhead, making the players small on screen, but allowing player to view around half the pitch.
The basic control system involves loose control, making running with the ball (‘dribbling’ in football parlance) a skill to master, and putting the emphasis on one-touch passing, which can be easily performed by tapping the fire button.
The game features customisable league and cup competitions as well as pre-set ones including the 1992 European Championships. There are 168 teams in total, 40 European nations, the 64 top club sides, and 64 custom teams with names ranging from self-indulgent to comical, and their details are fully editable. At club and country level, each team has three star players who are more gifted that the others.
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|The Greatest Amiga Game Of Them All||Amiga||Martin Smith (66852)|
|Amiga User International||Amiga||Nov, 1992||94 out of 100||94|
|The One for Amiga Games||Amiga||Jun, 1992||93 out of 100||93|
|Zero||Amiga||Aug, 1992||92 out of 100||92|
|CU Amiga||Amiga||Jul, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|Amiga Format||Amiga||Jul, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|ST Format||Atari ST||Oct, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|Amiga Games||Amiga||Oct, 1992||83 out of 100||83|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Amiga||Jul, 1992||10 out of 12||83|
|Play Time||Amiga||Sep, 1992||83 out of 100||83|
|Amiga Action||Amiga||Jul, 1992||78 out of 100||78|
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GraphicsSensible Software's small-man visual style became their trademark in the early 90s. It's first use was in an uncompleted Sensible Olympics game which was due for release to tie in with the 1992 games.
Kick OffAlthough most people seemed to like either Sensible Soccer or Kick Off, Sensible's boss Jon Hare was a major fan of Kick Off, commenting in 1991 that he wished he'd written it "because it sold well, and deserved to sell well".
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1993 – Readers' Special Price for 1992
- Power Play
- Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Sports/Racing Game in 1992 (Amiga version)
- Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #8 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Related Web Sites
- The Making of Sensible Soccer (Read-Only Memory, 2015) (Interview with Tony Beckwith and Jon Hare about the creation of Sensible Soccer. Interview made by Gary Penn with illustrations by Craig Stevenson.)