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Description

Subbuteo recreates the famous table football game, which makes for something very different from Sensible/Kick Off/FIFA style games. It's effectively a turn-based strategy game of sorts, as each player has 30 seconds to make their move (within a 30 minute match length), which involves first selecting a player, then aiming the direction in which he will be flicked, then the power and swerve of the flick are determined by the length of time the button is held down for.

With any luck, your player will hit the ball, and hit it such that it doesn't leave the playing area, and doesn't hit an opponent. If any of those rules are violated, possession passes to the opposition. Before each flick, the team not in possession can make a 'defensive flick' involving moving one of their players into a potential blocking position (without hitting the ball or an opponent, as this is a foul).

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Subbuteo ZX Spectrum ... which is between two computer teams and can be watched. A good way to pick up tips on game play & tactics.
Subbuteo ZX Spectrum Then the next match in the league is played ....
Subbuteo ZX Spectrum Naturally the result is displayed. I regard this as a moral victory
Subbuteo ZX Spectrum End of the match. The game pauses here until ENTER is pressed

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Alternate Titles

  • "Subbuteo: The Computer Game" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair Nov, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1991 64 out of 100 64

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    • ST Format 1992 issue 5: #5 Most weird and stupid plots of all time (Atari ST games).

      Comment: "Possibly the daftest, most pointless and ridiculous concept in software gaming history. We love it."


Martin Smith (66801) added Subbuteo (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 05, 2004
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (21069), Kabushi (209401) and Martin Smith (66801)