Prepare yourself for the shortest review ever to grace the pages of AP. World of Soccer is crap. It's overpriced, it's boring and it's got one of the worst front ends that I've ever seen on any type of game. Ever. Review over.
You want to know more? Okay, let's start with the preliminaries. World of Soccer is a football management game. It's been written in Hi-Soft Basic and pays about a s much attention to detail as Wile E Coyote does to safety.
You know that you're in for a treat from the very beginning. About thirty seconds after booting up, you're requested to click the left mouse button. For no reason whatever. Around twenty seconds later, a title screen appears. It's so poor it's laughable. It's got to be a joke - it looks like the first lesson you ever took in dithering with D-Paint 4, but worse. Far worse.
Title screens are supposed to build a sense of anticipation in the nervously eager gamer. World of Soccer's induces a sense of humorous dread of what's to come. Unsurprisingly, the game delivers with a pathetic aplomb akin to the murmurings of a dejected puppy dog.
After choosing to continue with a saved game or start anew, you're faced with a poorly designed front end. Take a look at the screenshots. I've spared you nothing and deliberately flagged the opening screen.
Spit at it on the page. Show your friends. Let them know that games like these are the enemy of innovation and progress. They're a retrograde step. It's almost as if the programmers had decided to incorporate everything shoddy and lacklustre they could think of into one game.
Pathetic aplomb akin
If you think I'm going overboard, consider this. There are thirteen optimistically-
In fact, you click within the bracket (there's no keyboard option). Now, I'm not a game designer, but I do know that I'm being forced to work at least twice as hard as I should. If you're going to decorate icons with letters, make their function accessible from the keyboard as well. Alternatively, and prepare yourself for a bit of radical thinking here, why not have icons that are little pictures hinting at their function? Hmm?
You can choose to become manager of several clubs, many of which are in foreign leagues. Being a Scotsman, I naturally chose the Scottish league. Only it was spelled 'Scotish', and it consisted of sixteen teams. Surely, as they say, that's a foul ref. I relented a bit when I saw that Kilmarock (Nngh. - Ed) was rated as one of the 'strong' teams. But the next moment the kindly, avuncular smile had slipped away. The game assigns these strengths randomly. It doesn't even have the decency to make a half-
I could go on, but frankly folks it just isn't worth t. Games like this are the enemy of the Amiga market. The saddest thing about the while affair is that this game will probably sell quite a few units because it's got 'Soccer' in the title. That means that there's going to be less money around for good games like or or even Empire's World Cup Year '94 compilation. Please don't buy this. It's absolutely awful.