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Sport: Management
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Jonathan Davies
Chris Bourne

One of Dr Marcus Berkmann's favourite games (and he should know - he's reviewed about 80% of the damn things ever covered by YS!). A bizarre set-up, half strategy/half arcade game, this second shot at goal from Gremlin dispensed with most of the annoying niggles of the first game (like fourth division teams regularly beating first division ones in the quest for the cup) and added such diversions as international games and nine skill levels to keep your interest going.

So how does it actually work? Well, you play an individual footballer on a quest to gain the coveted 'Footballer Of The Year' accolade, and since you're a striker it's the goals you score that count. In both versions of the game you play Goal Cards to help you score, which then take you into mini arcade sequences - fairly simple in the first game, but the second involves set plays and things which you've got to remember almost American-football style in order to succeed. What's more, it even includes a footie trivia section, with correct answers adding dosh to your coffers. It all sounds very strange, and takes some getting used to, but once you do get the hang of it it's as addictive as anything. Just ask the good doctor...


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Giant-headed goalie from the original Footballer Of The Year - Billy The Fish, eat your heart out!