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Kick Off 2

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - Sharp X68000 - ZX Spectrum

Alt names プロサッカー68, KO2, Pro Soccer, Pro Soccer 68, World League Soccer
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom
Genre Sports
Theme Soccer / Football (European)
Publisher Anco Software Ltd.
Developer Anco Software Ltd.
Perspective Top-Down
4.21 / 5 - 39 votes

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One of the very best (if not THE best) soccer games ever made, Dino Dini's seminal classic Kick Off 2 was a huge success on the Atari ST and Amiga, although, as usual, it attracted little attention of PC gamers due to poor marketing and limited distribution. I'll let this wonderful review of the game for an Amiga magazine speak for itself:

"Undoubtedly the best game ever created. This seminal footy sim was unleashed on an unsuspecting public back in the late summer of 1990, as the sequel to the original Kick Off from a year earlier. Despite being almost 8 years old, incredibly this game is still available in the high street - try your local branch of Game. Hailed as a classic from day one, reviewers made comments such as "sheer brilliance", "miss it and you'll hate yourself for the rest of your life" and "THE best game ever produced." Even the arrival of the highly-praised Sensible Soccer could not dislodge KO2 from its rightful place at the top of the footballing tree, and modern games such as ISS Pro and Actua Soccer pale into insignificance upon comparison.

Unlike today's soccer simulations, Kick Off doesn't rely on flashy graphics or realistic team data to impress. 100% gameplay is the order of the day here, and it takes many hours of practice to become a competent player. Newcomers to the experience are often put off by the speed. Although hard to control at first, perseverance pays off, and it gives a sense of real achievement when the player is able to pull off breathtaking moves at a seemingly-impossible pace. Reaction times are paramount, and concentration must be maintained at all times to become a successful player.

The top-down viewpoint and utilitarian visuals are perfectly adequate and do not distract the player from the task at hand - the game has been designed to be played, not to be looked at, and it shows. The simplistic appearance hides an incredibly versatile game, with an almost limitless tactical depth. A wide range of shots - including aftertouch - are available, and fully accessible with a one-button joystick (another feature that modern games could learn from).

Of course, no game is perfect, and KO2 has a number of bugs that occasionally manifest themselves in dramatic fashion. However, they emphasise the character of the game, and it's endearingly quirky nature. Just like real football, you never quite know what is going to happen next. Despite the spartan graphics and sound effects, this game is a shining example of quality software. It retains a cult following to this day and has yet to be bettered, or even equaled. My friends and I spent many, many happy hours playing Kick Off 2, and it still gets a regular outing. Simply the most competitive, most demanding and most rewarding 2 player game ever (immaculately) conceived."

Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

Kick Off 2 has the following addons available: Kick Off 2: Giants of Europe, Kick Off 2: Return To Europe, Kick Off 2: The Final Whistle, Kick Off 2: Winning Tactics and Kick Off: Extra Time, don't miss them!

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Comments and reviews

The Boz 2023-01-22 0 point DOS version

I had a few footie games on the PC but not one throughout the 90s I enjoyed compared to a few on the C64 prior. I can't say I was a big fan of the Kick Off series, but for over head football, Microprose Soccer on the C64 was my favourite, and that included a few on the PC and Megadrive.

jmarc 2018-07-18 -1 point Amiga version

for me it wwas one of the great game ever after GOAL who was the best game ever for me in football at this time.
sensible soccer was also amazing

Dim. Nor. 86 Greece 2017-09-27 1 point Amiga version

This is the 2nd greatest ever footy game !! (Sensible World Of Soccer 1996-97 is ARGUABLY the number 1). Lots of gamers still play it today either with a friend or via internet through online tournaments ! 5/5 stars for sure, especially Amiga's version is the best of them all :)

Panti 2017-06-28 0 point Amiga version

very best game ever on Amiga....unfortunately cant get it run anymore :/

Jim the Greek 2016-09-16 0 point Amiga version

Best soccer game ever alongside Sensible Soccer 96-97, Fifa 2000, Tehkan World Cup and Tecmo World Cup '90. The legends live forever ! :)

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