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4th & Inches

DOS - 1988

Also released on: Mac - Amiga - Apple IIgs - Commodore 64

Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Sports, Strategy
Theme Football (American)
Publisher Accolade, Inc.
Developer Accolade, Inc.
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
3.8 / 5 - 30 votes

Description of 4th & Inches

One of the earliest American football games to boast player animations, 4th and Inches is one of the first football games to offer a good blend of action and in-game strategies. You can throw the bomb, run the sweep, call the blitz, and exercise other common tactics in the game. The lack of detailed statistics and typically fast matches make this a good diversion from more realistic football games.

The game's highlights are player substitutions, a good range of play selections, and fast action. The rare but superb Team Construction Disk add-on which you can download from this site makes a fun game even better: being able to edit team names and colors take the monotony of playing the same two teams away somewhat ;) Worth a look for football fans.

Review By HOTUD

4th & Inches has an addon available: 4th & Inches Team Construction Disk, don't miss it!

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Comments and reviews

MadJoca 2020-09-08 -1 point DOS version

I am not a fan of American football, but I played and I really liked the gameplay and possibilities of moves for a 1988 game. The name Acollade is very strong in Old Games, and I will always play a game from this company knowing that it is pure fun!

Fabioccio 2020-08-26 -2 points Commodore 64 version

Img I played it a lot on C= 128

Allen 2020-05-30 -2 points DOS version

I must admit i didn't know about it . It is very intriguing starting by the title itself ...lets you imagine the tension gathered in the 4th down,being pressed by turnover on downs.In match use directional arrow +Ins(ert) to what play fits player best.Be quick ,defensive team are quick to react ,almost like in reality.Ow and enjoy the "zen sound" :).Hope someday remaster these gorgeous gems.

Hamzo Nerka 2020-05-07 0 point Commodore 64 version

Someone had a good time coming up with the player names.

Jegas 2014-01-01 1 point DOS version

DosBox 0.74 + Win7 - Works like a charm.

This doesn't mean I'm good at this game yet - but it seems to be working 100%.

I did kinda figure out that before a play - joystick or keyboard - use a direction (arrow) to pick out something from the mini list of options on the bottom left of the screen - then trigger or INS key (depends if using joystick or keyboard)

Anyway - this one doesn't seem to be a waste of time. It just depends whether you like it or not. It works great for me.

Jimmy 2013-06-05 -2 points DOS version

This game can't run without being into that Dos Box type of program.Tried to run it properly through Windows XP and didn't run properly.

S2H 2012-02-07 -6 points DOS version

Can you download 4th and inches on the iPhone 3GS from this site?

Digi 2010-11-22 2 points DOS version

Excellent game in its time. Real basic but tons of fun. Fond memories playing this back in its hayday.

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