Arcade Soccer (BBC/Electron) -
Arcade Soccer (1989) (BBC/Electron, Cassette) United Kingdom
Publisher: The 4th Dimension
THD/Alex Boy | The 4th Dimension | The 7th Division

Genre: Arcade; Overhead Football Game

Cover Art Language(s): English

Machine Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron

Release: Professionally released On Cassette (Side 1


Available For:
Acorn Electron, Archimedes A3000 & BBC B/B+/Master 128

Compatible Emulators: BeebEm (PC (Windows))
Model B Emulator (PC (Windows))
Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))

How To Play

An overhead football game in which you must power up/down the field, passing the ball and scoring goals.

Game Information

Original Release Date: 18th Sep 1989
Original Release Price: £9.95
Market Valuation: £4.88 (How Is This Calculated?)
Weight Boxed: 98g
Box Type: Cassette Double Plastic Clear
Author(s): Peter Gillett & Martin Kelsey  

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What We Say

dave_e, an authority on collecting games for the BBC/Electron, says:

As one of the later Electron games, and sold exclusively via mail order, Arcade Soccer is actually quite a rare cassette. As one of only two Electron football games, and with some collectors desperate to collect football games per se, it's not seen all that regularly nowadays.

What They Said

"The sound is well used in the game with roaring crowds when goals are scored and a starting whistle." (Read Full Review)
... A&B Computing
"Overall the game is remarkably realistic and it includes nice throw-ins, corners and good action." (Read Full Review)
... Acorn User
"It's definitely one to play again and again, and it could make for a good day's enjoyment." (Read Full Review)
... Electron User
"The game is very playable and you do get a feeling of involvement as you knock the ball into the corner of the net." (Read Full Review)
... The Micro User

Reviewed in the annual Models Games Guides: Acorn Electron.

Critic Score

74%based on 4 review(s)

Audience Score

46%based on 11 vote(s)

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Cover Art

Front Cover

Multiple Versions

This item contains versions for Acorn Electron and BBC B/B+/Master 128.
The screenshots shown are for the Acorn Electron version of the game.

Where To Get It

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A digital version of Arcade Soccer suitable for BeebEm (PC (Windows)), PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS)), Model B Emulator (PC (Windows)), Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))
A digital version of Arcade Soccer suitable for BeebEm (PC (Windows)), PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS)), Model B Emulator (PC (Windows)), Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))



Arcade Soccer really is football action at its very best. Using an overhead view to make gameplay as exciting as possible, it features everything that you could want in a football game. Corners, sliding tackles, throw-ins, goal kicks, dribbling, shooting, passing and much more. But not only does Arcade Soccer give you Total Action it also puts you in Total Control.

Firstly you can play with either keyboard or joysticks, against the computer and/or with up to 23 friends. The options are almost limitless; you can choose the skill of the goalkeepers, the speed and length of the game, play 'friendlies' or tournaments and even enter the most coveted of championships - the World Cup.

Arcade Soccer lets you control the action - 'It's brilliant.'

  1. The member of your team that you are controlling will be indicated by his jersey flashing black.
  2. When a player has the ball, he can dribble it by moving in the direction that he wants to go. He can also kick it by pressing fire.
  3. If the player has not got the ball, the fire button does one of two things. If he is close to the ball, it will perform a sliding tackle - this is the only way of taking the ball off another player. If he is not close to the ball, it will switch control to another player on the screen.
  4. When a shot is taken at the goalie, he will automatically dive for the ball and will save it depending on his skill level. The higher the skill level, the more likely he is to save it. When playing friendlies, you can adjust the skill of the goalies. But when playing in the World Cup or the Challenge, the skill of the goalies is set by the computer.

Game Controls

Arcade Soccer comprises of two basic sections, one controlling all the options and results, and the other where you actually play a game.

When you start a new game you will be presented with Round 1 of the World Cup (top) and the Status Icons (bottom).

World Cup

Round 1 has sixteen teams. To qualify for the next round you must beat the team you are pitted against. Round 2 has eight teams. Round 3 is the semi-finals and Round 4 the final.

Main Controls

f0 This commences a friendly match.
f1 This commences the next World Cup match.
f2 This commences the next Challenge match.
f3 This allows you to enter players into the World Cup (1 to 16 players can be entered). When you press f3, an asterisk will appear to the left of the top left team. Use the 4 cursor (arrow) keys to move this around. Press RETURN to select a team. Press RETURN again if you wish to 'unselect' a team. When you wish to leave this option press SPACE.

Status Icons

There are seven different parameters that you can change to affect the way Arcade Soccer plays. (These are at the bottom of the screen). The key that changes the status is given before each explanation.

P(PLY) - Selects either 1 or 2 players for use on friendlies.
T(TIME) - Matches of 1 to 5 minutes each way can be played.
J(K/J) - You can play either using: keys only (0)
ply 1 joystick, ply 2 keys (1)
joysticks only (2)
Q(SOUND) - Either sound on or off.
S(SPEED) - This allows you to change the speed of the game (SLOW/MEDIUM/FAST).
W(SK1) - Skill level of player 1's goalie (friendly only). Team colour is white.
R(SK2) - Skill level of player 2's goalie and the playing ability if playing the computer (friendly only). Team colour is red.

In-Game Controls

One Player Game
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down, RETURN - Fire

Two Player Game
Player 1: CAPS LOCK - Left, CTRL - Right, W - Up, A - Down, E - Fire
Player 2: L - Left, + - Right, [ - Up, * - Down, £ - Fire

Joysticks can also be used

f0/f1 - Pause On/Off, f2/f3 - Sound On/On, f5 & f6 - Quit Game

Arcade Soccer is Item ID 141 in our database. Last modified on Friday 24th September 2021 at 12:10:13 AM.

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