Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Match Day'

Rating:4 User: Juan F. Ramirez

It's hard to believe nowadays that in 1984 you could play a football videogame with more-than-decent graphics, a nice intro tune, choose the length of each half, the difficulty level, the team names and colours, a single match or cup mode and have a nice gaming time vs computer or with mates with the cool 2-players option in only 48K of memory. Corners, shoots, dribbles, long or short passes, ... all this was possible.

And it was made by Jon Ritman and Chris Clarke for Ocean. Before it, only Football Manager by Kevin Toms was the only footy game for the Spectrum that stood out, but it was an strategy game. You could play a real game in Match Day. And it was a great success since it came out.

It hasn't aged very well, but it has a place in Spectrum history as the first great football game. In 1985, International Match Day was released as an adapted version for the 128K model and including countries. But its true sequel, Match Day II, came out three years later and was quite an enhanced version.