Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
He's football crazy, he's football mad, his name's Les Ellis, and he's a really bad lad!
Sega actually squeezed this one out before Christmas, so it looks like the title could be just relevant and they receive the award for the last footy game to be released in the World Cup year. It all seems so long ago now, but just six months back Gazza was crying his eyes out and Maradona was rolling in the grass. World Cup Italia '90 tries to bnng back all the great moments of last years tournament and does so quite successfully.
You can either enter the tournament proper, practise against the computer, or challenge some dork to a two-player match. Sadly, the tournament is only available to one player. Surprisingly, though, the Master System version has the added attraction of being able to practise penalties - perhaps the Mega Drive couldn't handle it, ha, ha.
After choosing your arena of combat, you must decide which teams yau wish to use. A map of the world is displayed, with teams range in difficulty just like their real life counterparts. For instance, if you choose to play the Brazilians against the Chinese, whoever's in control of the Brazilian team will have a significant advantage. Each player within the team also has their relative attributes which must be taken into account when you're choosing you team's players.
As you progress through the World Cup. the opposition get significantly harder. A little tip... Brazil are the best team (nuff said).
✘ Poor pitch colours, very plain.
✔ Good intro screens and characters.
✔ Tasteful piece of titlte music.
✔ Realistic whistle effect
✘ The pitch can get crowded with players.
✔ Madcap action for two players
SEGA • 84%
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