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World Cup
By Cult Games
Amstrad CPC464

Published in Amstrad Computer User #90

Is it late, or is it early? Who cares, you can't beat a bit of footie management.

World Cup

I don't care what anybody says, I still think it's a bit silly to have the next World Cup in America, where they don't even know the rules of football properly, and want to split each game up into four quarters, to fit in the adverts!

Besides that, all the matches are going to be played at unearthly hours of the day, so that most of us will only be able to watch videos and highlights of the important matches.

Ah well, what can you do? I'll tell you, you get hold of this smart little outing from D&H Games and play the World Cup for yourself, in the comfort of your own room, at whatever hour of the day you choose.

Running this little proggie gives you the choice to manage any one of the top teams in the World, with the chance to take them all the way to the top. However, things aren't as easy as all that, as you'd expect from a management game.

Picking the team is your first nightmare. Then you've got the training and fitness of your players to worry about, let alone the morale.

Check out which group you have been selected to play in, then take time out to investigate the teams you are going to have to face on the way to the final.

To start with, your team is going to be pretty happy, just to be in the event. However, if you don't field the right team and you start off on a losing streak, things are going to get pretty tough in the changing rooms.

Use your scout wisely to check on any particular tactics that need to be taken care of, then look very carefully through your squad to pick what you think is going to be your best team against each individual opponent.

If you make the right choices at the beginning, you should find yourself emerging from the qualifiers with flying colours. However, from here on in, things start getting tougher.

As with all footie management games, World Cup Football is all about maintaining a careful balancing act between your players and your finances. To be a good manager, you need to be able to keep your eyes on all aspects of the game at all times. Basically, to succeed you will need all of your wits about you all of the time.

When you make the right decisions, the results are certainly rewarding, whilst making the wrong ones will simply make you want to get down and start over again. Remember, if at first you don't succeed...

There's plenty to do in this well conceived offering and, if you like strategy games, then this one has to be a must.

John Taylor

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