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Description

UpSoccer is a commercial adaptation of the game engine used for Throw In, a fan-made 3D remake of Kick Off 2. It maintains the core gameplay and fundamentally overhead view of its inspiration, but adds support for camera rotation, allowing for horizontal or diagonal angles on the pitch. Unlike the original one-button control scheme that Throw In tried to remain faithful to, this game uses four buttons for combinations of short or long passes and high or low shots.

The game uses national teams with fictional player names. It can be played in single matches or in a tournament mode that mimics the FIFA World Cup. Multiplayer is only local, and up to 8 human players can participate in a tournament taking turns. The state of the latest ongoing tournament is automatically saved to disk.

The game was released in Italy as Nutella Football Game, exclusively bundled with special Nutella jars in selected Italian food stores.

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UpSoccer Windows [NFG] You cannot customize the team formation, but can instead select between generic defense/attack/balanced presets.
UpSoccer Windows [NFG] The teams make their entrance.
UpSoccer Windows [Rossiya vpered] Title screen
UpSoccer Windows [NFG] A day in the tournament

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Alternate Titles

  • "Россия вперед!" -- Russian title
  • "Nutella Football Game" -- Italian title

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Development

Throw In was a project started in 2004 by Gianluca Troiano with his indie development studio The Fox Software, as an attempt to re-create the gameplay of Kick Off 2 on a modern 3D engine, going a far as to borrow another term from soccer parlance for its title. In 2006, Troiano teamed with Artematica to develop a full game based on Throw In, which resulted in UpSoccer and its advergame counterpart Nutella Football Game.

Throw In saw a string of public beta releases, the last one being version 0.86 on January 14, 2008. However, the game never left beta status and no further developments were announced. In 2012, The Fox Software resurfaced with the release of multi-platform commercial game Active Soccer, which would go on to spawn its own series.
PoliticallyCorrupt (2515) added UpSoccer (Windows) on Jun 29, 2020