Copyright/Publisher: Electronic Arts, Created By: Dennis Kirsch & Mark Madland,
Music By: Rob Hubbard, Release Year: 1988, Genre: Ice Hockey, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Get into your helmets and shinpads, peeps, 'cos a match that's gonna give a whole
new meaning to the cold war is about to begin. Yup, the US of A and the USSR are
about to take on one another on in the ice hockey challenge of the year. Da-daaa...
Hold it! Don't start trying to bully off right away. Pick the number of players,
team size (one-on-one or five-on-five) and the length of match first. Ready?
Right then - you're on a horizontally scrolling rink, you can try wrist
shots, slap shots, faceoff, drop passing, body and poke (oo-er) checking.
There are penalties for roughing and crosschecking, icing and offsides.
five-a-side game, you have the chance to switch between three different teams
of players (with different strengths and weaknesses) at any time. You always
control either the goalkeeper or one other player.
Got that? Right then, get mean, get lean, get out there and GET GOING.
I'm far too bulky to be an ice hockey player myself, but I'm not averse to a bit
of puck and bully in comfortable armchair mode. Anyway, I think I would have
enjoyed this a lot more if the control method had been slightly more versatile.
Most decent team sports sims let you switch control between the different players -
I can't really see why you should leave that out of an ice hockey sim. It's not
that easy to get to grips with the shooting controls either - dead annoying when
you've got a computer opponent really into scoring goals. Only for really
dedicated sport fans who shout 'ugga ugga' a lot.
Am I the world's greatest ice hockey fan? Er... well no, but then this isn't
exactly the world's greatest ice hockey sim - it's just average, really.
Whaddya mean, you're all going to shout, aren't there loads of options? Well
yeah, there are loads of options but what really counts is the gameplay - and
that's not so hot when you can't switch players, when some of the passing and
shooting controls are far too awkward and you move a tad-ette too slowly around
Still, if you're getting this for the two-player game you might squeeze a bit
of fun out of it - just not as much fun as you might have had. Aaah, what a shame!