World Cup Carnival
Copyright/Publisher: US Gold, Release Year: 1986,
Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
The World Cup is happening at this very moment, and if that isn't enough here's US Gold's
World Cup Carnival so you can play your own footy matches in between watching the real
ones. What the program does is allow you to set up your own little world cup tournament
starting from the quarter finals.
When the program loads you're asked to input the number of players and their choice
of teams. Once that's been sorted out of the computer takes control of any other teams
remaining and the footy matches can begin proper.
WCC plays similarly to International Soccer, being viewed panoramically in 3D with the game
played over a three screen long pitch which scrolls with the ball. At the beginning of the
match the two teams beetle out of the dressing room and make their way to their various positions
on the pitch.
When they're all ready the match begins. You're given control over the man nearest the ball
and you can move him anywhere on the pitch. If the ball falls to his feet he automatically dribbles
it until you press the fire button, which makes him kick it. The opponent's player can steal the
ball when it's in your possession by simply running into you, forcing you to have to steal the
If the ball isn't in your possession and the fire button is pressed control is handed to the
player nearest the ball (useful if your man currently under control is far away from the ball).
When your opponenty gets the ball anywhere near the goal your goalkeeper is automatically under
your control, allowing you to make him dive left or right. Set pieces such as corners, throw-ins and
goal kicks are automatically taken for you by a helpful team mate, although penalties are taken by
The game is played over a simulated 90 minutes with a short break at half time. When the match finishes
your score is shown along with the others and you're put through to the next round if you qualify. The
game continues in the same way through the semi finals to the finals, the winner of which is shown
a representation of the JUles Rimet Cup and proclaimed the winner.
Along with WCC comes some impressive and very glossy packaging. First there's a poster informing
you of lots of World Cup trivia. There's also a free competition for you can enter with a CD
player as first prize, a World Cup wallchart and stickers, poster size instructions and a
World Cup sewon badge.
World Cup Carnival is here at last, and what a load of complete and utter crud it is. I thought
that US Gold had something really special for us football fans, but no. Just a recycled copy of
Artic's pathetic World Cup II.
The game plays so incredibly badly it's not true - when you have a
player under your control the rest of your team mates don't move a muscle - they just stand there
like dummies. The set pieces taken by other players are a complete joke - The just bung or kick the
ball completely at random giving you no chance to play properly.
Speaking of playability the whole game is incredibly simple and I whizzad through the rounds and
won the world cup with ease - an ardent International Soccer fan would have even less trouble. The
graphics are awful with totally pathetic animation and wobbly scrolling and the ball moves like it
was filled with water.
The sound is pathetic too and the tune which plays throughout the game is annoying, repetitive,
unimaginative and abysmal. Even if you're a football fan don't go out and buy this hyped drivel, get
International Soccer instead, it's infinitely better.
Commodore's International Soccer is great, which is more than can be said for the real thing. I don't
like football. And I don't like World Cup Carnival either. Crap is a word that sprang to mind many
a time while I was playing it.
The graphics are, on the whole, crap. Twenty two chunky hunchbacks hoble around a football pitch
with seismic problems, whilst a random selection of pixels pretends to be a crowd - and rather badly at
that. Ugh. The music played throughout the game is also crap, and would make Rob Hubbard turn in his
But the crappiest thing about World Cup Carnival is the game itself, which is basically Artic's
World Cup II with a few minor changes. Beneath the glossy wallchart and cloth badge ('ooh look,
mummy, please can you sew it on?') packaging there is, quite simply, a pile of crap which you could
smell a mile off. Avoid this game at all costs.