Copyright/Publisher: Microprose/Sensible Software, Programming By:
Chris Yates, Graphics By: Jon Hare,
Music & SFX by: Martin Galway,
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
* A not very Sensible footy sim
Ere we go, 'ere we go, 'ere we go - only
another year before the world cup. Will Brian Clough ever get to the
manager of England? Does Kenny Sansom tie up his left or his right boot first?
Will Gary Lineker opt for a rad, white and blue all-over spiral perm.
Who knows the answer to these and other crucial footballing questions? Not us.
More than out job's worth, that - we're just supposed to describe the game.
Well, that's wrong for a start because there are two games: traditional
Association football and American Rules Six-a-Side.
Both can be played in a number of different ways: two-player friendly
(one-off footballing frenzy with a mate), soccer/indoor league (up to 16
players in competition against each other), World Cup/All Star Tournament
and Microprose International Challenge (designed for solo play against
In addition to basic tackling, running and dribbling, there's yer whole range
of possible moves. You can volley the ball forward, flip it backwards overhead,
cip it, and perform banana shots (curl it left or right). There's full goalie
control and the program allows for corners, throw-ins and goal-kicks.
Control options allow you to choose match-length, banana power, team colours
and auto ot manual player control. Phew!
If the weather option is switched on, chances are that your outdoor match
could be interrupted by thunder, lightning and rain, plip-plopping on the
surface of the pitch. Select replay if you want to see a slow-motion tele-style
replay of each of your goals as they occour.
I thought Microprose were going to marker this as a full-scale soccer sim with
a six-a-sider thrown in free. Even with the extra game it still seems a bit
expensive to me. Oh well... Apart from that, this has got to be one of the best
soccer sims I've ever seen.
Little touches like the wacky soundtrack (you've just got to hear it, believe me),
rain on the pitch and the banana shot really make it something special. I'm still
convinced that Emlyn Huges International Soccer is the best footy sim so far, partly
because the menu system in Microsoccer is sometimes slightly awkward to control
(make a mistake and you end up switching sides in the middle of a match).
If you've got loadsamoney, get them both. If not, stick with Emlyn, and make
sure you get Microsoccer later on. It's got something which many games lack -
a brilliant sense of humour.
If you're anything like me, you'll probably be dead keen on the idea of football
but not overly desperate to get yourself out on to a freezing cold field in a
pair of drafty shorts in the middle of winter. Brrr!
With Microprose Soccer you even get to play in an absolutely brilliantly
simulated thunderstorm and your feet don't ever get wet!Not only that, with so many
options and possible modes of play, you'll probably burn those horrible shorts
and never opt for footy on one of those chilly pitches ever again (well not in
It's great having two different games (the six-a-side's my favourite) but what
I like best about Microsoccer is that's it's not too serious. Where else would
you find a something as silly as a banana shot and a soundtrack that wails
good-by-eee totally out of time?