Stop reading, and click play above to see this Speccy Soccer – a Sensible Soccer-alike for the Spectrum 128K – in action. You won’t regret it.
Seriously, I almost fell off my chair when I saw this. Sure, it looks like a Spectrum game, but once the demo video gets to the action, you’ll see just how close Speccy Soccer is to Sensible Soccer. So close, in fact, that it makes you wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.
Developed by Voxel Tower (Israel Román, with graphics by Manuel Pacheco and music from Antonio Perez) and available on itch.io, Speccy Soccer features:
- 120 real teams Fouls
- Corner Kicks
- Header shots
- Yellow/Red Cards
- Post and crossbar hits
- Shots with barrier
- Realistic ball physics
- Advanced artificial intelligence (3 levels)
- 5 field types with different ball physics (normal, wet, dry, muddy, snow)
- 4 color schemes
- 3 CPU skill levels
- Stats per player (speed, agressive, control, power, sprint, accuracy)
- Match facts
- Fast gameplay
- Music on menus and in-game
- Great ambient and fx sounds
- Curve shots
As if all of that wasn’t astonishing enough (we’re essentially talking about the unofficial conversion of a 16-bit classic to an 8-bit system here), Speccy Soccer also supports four players! The game is compatible with the Spectrum 128Kb model, as well as Spectrum Next and N-Go models.
The game also boasts support for KEMPSTON/SINCLAIR compatible joysticks, and there’s a competition built in: the Speccy Cup!
You can play Speccy Soccer free, but we think you should probably support the developers by paying as the game is an amazing achievement. Head to Voxel Tower’s itch.io page to get Speccy Soccer.
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