Copyright/Publisher: Rack'It/21st Century Entertainment,
Written and Designed By: John Connor,
Music & Sound FX By: Nigel & Kevin Grieve,
Title Screen By: Anthony Scott,
Release Year: 1988,
Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Taking into account parallel universes existing in a single blade of grass, it is
entirely possible that millions of lives can be wiped out in one single football
With current video-game trends, it seems perfectly obvious that a football
simulation should be made available... Ah, my fabled multi-level pencial bender.
The custard's fine, Doctor Crapulence gibber, gibber... (This comment has been
brought to you by Maff's Hatstand Products Inc, third balloon on the right, Moonpie City).
But seriously folks... Rack it's latest release is an overhead scrolling football
simulation for either one or two players against the computer. A number of options
can be selected to alter the game, including strip and pitch colours, pitch texture
and difficulty level.
Also available is a curved 'banana' shot to swerve around players. Every time
a goal is scored, the player is notified by a large flashing GOAL! message
and a suitably retarded footballing tune.
Hmmm... this is very reminiscent of European 5-a-side, except it's a much better
interpretation of the overhead-scrolling footy sim. Presentation-wise it's pretty
good - nine skill levels (and the ninth is a real toughie), a four-way scrolling
pitch and a banana shot (who mentioned bananas?).
Having said all that, it's not terribly exciting, mainly due to the uninspired
control method - it's more like pushing a medicine ball around a muddy field than
a footy - and it does all look a bit bland. Oh well, I s'pose we'll still have to
wait for Microprose/Sensisoft's version...
Before Tatio's World Cup, all football games seemed to have forced perspective
horizontally scrolling pitches, but now there are more overhead view games appearing
on the scene and Supercup Football is just one more of them.
The gameplay is rather
enjoyable especially in two player mode, but occasionally the action tends to
get rather annoying, like when you can'y select the right player or accidently
kick a banana shot which flies off the pitch.
Moans aside, it isn't too bad and
should hold your attention for a time, but serious football fans may become bored
after a while, especially if there is no second player to challenge,