The year is 1986 its the World Cup finals and England have just lost to the hand of god. The truth be known England were outplayed but that game against Argentina will be remembered for one moment. This moment has absolutely nothing to do with this game except the title. A case of sticking Maradona's name on the box to sell more copies. Once past the loading screen this cynical ploy is shown due to the games title screen and the words Peter Shilton's Football. Grandslam couldn't even be bothered changing the in game title. I have a bad feeling about this game.
Is there a game going on?
I had heard good things about this game from one individual but to be honest while it is fun for a few moments its just too basic. After selecting a team you are presented with four options these are Practice, Play Game, Skill Upgrading and restart game. You control the goalkeeper of your chosen team and face shots from the opposition team. The variety of shots you have to save is quite varied but this saving shots is all the game is. There are no leagues, no cups and no point of selecting a team.
Whether you win, lose or draw has no consequences at all except maybe to your own pride. This lack of any measure of performance or improvement makes the selection of a team totally pointless. The only saving grace is the skill upgrading option where you a have to save four shots in a row to advance to a higher skill level. If you succeed in doing the next time you play the opposition speeds up and saving shots becomes that little bit harder.
Keeper makes a save.
Graphically its a straight Spectrum port and the players are poorly animated. This wouldn't be that much of a problem if it played a fair game however the ball physics are a mixed bag with the ball swerving unrealistically all over the place. Sonically its nothing great but then its only a football game but a few more spot effects would have been welcomed. Despite the Spectrum graphics the game can be quite enjoyable and playing the goalkeeper is a novel approach. The skill upgrading option is quite addictive and quite a challenge on the higher skill levels. This is not enough to save the game its just too basic, maybe if there was a greater structure to the game with a group of divisions to work through and some notion of team aspect then maybe the game could have had some staying power. Its just so shallow.
THE END RESULT:
Awful Spectrum Port.
No structure to the game.
Novel approach and can be fun.
But its so basic and no long term reason to play.
THE BOTTOM LINE: 43%