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Kick Off 3: European Challenge
Game Code: 37 Genre: Sports/ Soccer
US Title: Not released in the US US Publisher: -
Japan Title: Not released in Japan Japan Publisher: -
Title in Kanji: Title in Kana:
European Title: Kick Off 3: European Challenge Europe Publisher: Vic Tokai
Developer: Anco Games Players: 1-2 (simultaneously)
Accessories: none Special Chips: none
Save: none

The third soccer game that I have played, after FIFA Soccer 96 and Eric Cantona Football Challenge, I would rate Kick Off 3 somewhere in the middle. Certainly, the graphics are much better in this game than the other two, perhaps not an achievement compared to Football Challenge, as this game came out in 1994, but certainly FIFA 96 could have achieved more. As far as sounds go, though Kick Off 3 certainly tries harder than the other two games I played, the renditions of classic soccer fares like "Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole" sound like a cassette that had been left in the sun too long.

I found myself not liking this game as much as Eric Cantona Football Challenge, mainly due to the controls. When you don't have the ball, the computer usually puts it to the closest person, though this is not done as well as in the aforementioned game. The kicking mechanics are like FIFA 96, where you kick in the same direction as you are pointing. This turns into an exercise in frustration, though, as the same button used for kicking is also used for sliding, and you almost always kick the ball away immediately after gaining position. Passing is very difficult, as the field of view is not nearly enough, and it is often the case that your teammates are nowhere to be seen. Also, it often happens that if the opponent has the ball, none of your players are in the screen, leaving you to guess where the player you control is. When you have the ball, it is far too easy to lose it. I found that even when I was running straight, and unimpeded, that I still lost the ball.

Still, despite my gripes with the controls, I still liked this one better than FIFA 96. The gameplay was fast, and even adjustable. The amount of options and controls make it inferior to Eric Cantona Football Challenge, in my opinion.


Cartridge label information

SNSP-37-EUR (Europe)

PCB Information

ROM Chip ID Region Known Man. Dates PCB Type CIC SRAM Decoder/ Logic Circuit Special Chips
SPAL-37-0 (front) (back) Europe ? SHVC-1A0N-20 D413A There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips

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