Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Slapshot is a simulation of Ice Hockey, a sport of tricky stick work and much ungentlemanly conduct! One or two players can partake in the action, and the object is simply to slap the puck into the opponent's goal, strike attempts shown via an impressive close-up animated action replay, with the puck whistling into the back of the next, being saved by the keeper or flying wide.
Like the sport, play is tough and you can rough up and knock over opponents with your stick - but be careful, if they dodge past you, your flailing attempts could leave you sitting on the deck looking stupid and getting a very cold bot while play whizzes upfield!
Slapshot is an admirable rendition of the fast and furious sport, and features great graphics, especially the excellent close-up replay screen, and a decent control method, letting you switch between players when you see fit, rather than the computer. The inertia effect is great, so you feel like your players are skating around on ice, and the option of being able to knock over opponents adds a whole new dimension to the game As with most sports games, it's most fun when two players are battling it out - especially when play starts getting rough! But even in one-player mode. Slapshot is brilliant fun and is highly recommended to fans of sports simulations.