Sensible Soccer

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  • Sensible Software

  • FormatVideo and Arcade
  • TypeSport
  • SystemMicrocomputer

Sensible Soccer is a football (yes football, not soccer) game released in 1992 by Sensible Software. 

Sensible Soccer has gained a cult status and has become an iconic game of the era.

 Sam Dyer

Originally released on the Amiga, Atari ST and PC to great acclaim, Sensible Soccer has gained a cult status and has become an iconic game of the era.

The difference between Sensible Soccer and other popular football games of the time was that it used a birds eye view, but not from directly above. There was a slight sense of perspective looking up the pitch which enabled you to see more of the game and therefore gave it a unique viewpoint. The overall presentation graphically is simple and stripped back and the player sprites are small. This adds a uniqueness visually but also means it can play at a really smooth and fast pace.

In the original Sensible Soccer, you could play club or international teams, then take part in cups, leagues or friendlies. Sensible World of Soccer (SWOS) took the formula to another level and added football management to the equasion. The management side of things isn't anything complicated but it compliments the action of the actual game. So not to alienate a certain audience, the playing or management sides of the game can be ignored to suit the player. So you can just manage, just play or do both together.

Who wouldn't have fun putting Eric Cantona in attack with Jurgen Klinsmann for Stoke City?

I must have lost literally days and days playing SWOS round a mates house, honing our management and playing skills. I think what appealed to me was the sripped down simplicity. It wasnt complicated, it was simple to get into and so damn playable.

SWOS was originally released in 1994 and was updated regularly until (in my opinion) the definitive and final version was released on the Amiga; Sensible World Of Soccer 96/97. The main difference in this version from the original is the updated player names. The gameplay and graphics have been very subtly tweaked and improved over the years and what resulted was an absolute cracker of a game.

For me, SWOS 96/97 is the ultimate version. Gradually over the years the gameplay and appearance and physics have been tweaked into a masterpeice. Even if you hate football, you will still enjoy this game.

By Sam Dyer
Author of the Amiga Book: Commodore Amiga: a visual Commpendium
 

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Sensible Soccer-Intro/Menu Music

  • Sensible Software

  • FormatVideo and Arcade
  • TypeSport
  • SystemMicrocomputer

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