“All the thrills and spills of a real football match”… that’s what MB Games’ Kick-Off promised somewhat optimistically back in the 70s, while in the 80s LCD era, Systema Soccer actually featured moving pixels on a tiny screen. But which primitive football game wins the head-to-head battle in GNG’s Old-School Gaming Challenge Cup first round?
Even though “the classic football card game” provided nothing of the sort, thrillwise, that didn’t stop us wasting hundreds of joyful hours playing tie after tie of imaginary Kick-Off leagues.
Systema Soccer was almost unbelievably exciting when it emerged in the 80s along with a hundred competitor LCD kickarounds. It featured 15-pixel players running around largely at random – a bit like Fifa 16 if you’re not very good at it. You could move, kick and pass. You still can, if it’s rainy outside and you’re avoiding work.
Modern kids are shocked at how crap Systema is, and are bored out of their minds by board and card games. But what do they know? We like the way the Kick-Off ball is flat on one side so it doesn’t keep rolling off on to the floor.
Final result based on expert scientific analysis: Kick-Off 3-2 Systema.
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