As you might guess, Kick Off is a soccer game and most Amiga users played this gooldie or they hate soccer. One or two players can compete, each controlling a full eleven-a-side team during games of between ten and a full ninety minutes of real time. All the action is viewed from above and you control the player in the best position to get at the ball: the character under control is highlighted by a black line. The game has been designed so that players automatically dribble the ball whenever they come into contact with it.
Shots or passes to another player simply require a tap on the fire button, and the longer the button is held down, the higher the ball will go. There are eight teams in the league (so up to eight people can compete, if each selects a different team) and each team has a different playing style and skill level. Whilst the graphics are small, they are quite neat and reasonably well animated, so you can see what is going on amid all the goalmouth action. There are plenty of neat touches too with fouls, yellow cards, sending offs and penalties. And when a man scores he runs back to the centre circle and performs a neat flip for the crowd. Kick Off was the best soccer game on the Amiga in 1989 and Anco won several awards for it.
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