This is a game I probably feel is a little better than it actually is, because I owned it as a kid and played it a lot. It gets points for charm and great music, but even I have to admit it has its flaws. The field is too small, and it doesn't actually feel like real football. Actually in most cases it's okay to just let the game continue playing without doing anything. The opponents will use a long time to score against you! If they score at all. Your goalkeeper will save most shots. It's also quite easy to score once you find the right technique. I remember being able to beat UAE 38-0 once playing as West Germany, using this technique I developed as a kid... If you play against better teams it get's more difficult though.
One thing that's cool about the game is the penalty shootout contest, which you see from a different perspective than the matches themselves. While the matches use top-down perspective (which was normal for football games from this period), you see the penalty contests from the penalty taker's perspective. I thought this was cool as a kid. You can either play penalties if a game ends with a draw in the last stages of the World Cup (there is no extra time), or you can just select to play a penalty contest from the main menu. You can then either play against a friend or the computer.
All in all a game that I have fond memories of, and for its time it wasn't such a bad game. Greater football games from 1990 or before do exist, however...
If you press PAUSE while looking at the groups of the "Elimination League" in the World Cup, they will change and place you in a different group with different teams.
Go head to head with the most skilled teams in the world! Prove your mettle in a Test Match, show off your sharpshooting prowess in a Penalty Kick Contest, or go for the gold in the World Cup competition! Fast-paced and realistic - video soccer at its heart-stopping finest!
Confrontez-vous aux meilleurs équipes du monde. Mettez à l'épreuve votre courage dans un match d'essai, montrez vos prouesses au shoot dans une lutte de pénalty ou allez-y pour obtenir la médaille d'or dans la coupe mondiale. Du football en vidéo à toute vitesse, comme si vous y étiez - de quoi en avoir le souffle coupé.