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Heads Up Action Soccer Reviews (Vectrex)

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At last, another sports cartridge for the Vectrex! Given GCE's record for ignoring the needs of sports fans (they've released only a single football cart up until now), Heads Up is both a welcome addition to the Vectrex library and an obvious indication that the company really wants to make up for past negligence. Unfortunately, this attempt at a soccer game may also be an indication of something else: GCE hasn't released a lot of sports games so far because they have some trouble doing them right.
TeleMatch (Sep, 1983)
Es ist ähnlich wie bei Fußball-VideoSpielversionen für andere Systeme von anderen Herstellern: Die Mannschaften sind auf jeweils drei Spieler reduziert, von denen derjenige, der schräg vor dem ballführenden Spieler läuft, vom Computer gesteuert wird. Das Passen, Dribbeln, überhaupt jedwede Aktion, fiel mir schwer und ich empfand den Joystick beim Spiel als nachteilig. Doch das mag eine Sache der Gewöhnung sein. Die echte Spielzeit beträgt fünf Minuten. Aber das ist fast Nebensache, da man auf einen Torwart verzichtet hat. Was bleibt? Unterm Strich das sichere Gefühl, daß Fußball eben auf dem Fußballplatz gespielt werden muß. Und nirgendwo sonst!
Retro Game Reviews (Sep 18, 2015)
Heads Up is a rudimentary soccer game with some rather uninteresting action in single player mode. However, the controls are solid and there's still some fun to be had if you can rope a friend into playing a multiplayer match!
The Video Game Critic (Nov 07, 2003)
In short, this game is an excruciating ordeal which can't come to an end fast enough. The side-scrolling field has stick-figure players which scale in as they approach the bottom of the screen. But Heads Up needs a speed burst button in the worst way. It takes forever to walk the ball down the field, which is often necessary because the passing is so poor. The players on one team are slightly brighter, but in general it's hard to tell them apart. Changing the player you control is a real headache. You can move your goalie up and down, but the dummy always kicks the ball right back out in front of the goal. Even the name of this game is a misnomer - it's impossible to head the ball at all. The Vectrex doesn't support sports games very well, and Heads Up is a perfect example.