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World Cup 90 by Jellodyne
Game:World Cup 90Company:Tecmo
Type:SportsPlayers:1 or 2

With the current World Cup in progress, World Cup 90 to is a timely addition to MAME, and one which will probably appeal more to MAME's worldwide following than most of us football-ignorant Yanks. WC90 plays like a Sega Genesis-era console sports game. Playing one of eight teams, the player attempts to run the ball up field and shoot it into the opponents goal, while evading your opponents. The goal is to advance through all seven teams and win the World Cup.
The controls are simple and easier to learn than a lot of sports games. Passing is nicely handled. The player can either pass high or low, and if properly aimed, the game will automatically adjust speed and direction to get the ball to the intended reciver. If the player is not pointed towards a teammate, the ball is kicked away in the direction the player is facing. On the defensive side the player can slide-kick to steal and jump to attempt to header the ball.
Graphics are fairly good for 1989. The field and the players look nice and there are a couple of nicely done animations. A high pass followed by an attempt on goal will sometimes be done as a header or Pele-style bicycle kick. Also, following a goal, the players run around cheering nicely. Sound is minimal, with somewhat repetitive music and functional sound effects.
The perfomance of the MAME driver is not very good given level of graphics and sound in the game. There must have been a sale on Z80 processors in 1989 because the game uses three of them, in addition to two YM2203 sound chips. Due to this abundance of hardware and the fact that the driver uses 16 bit color, I require a couple of notches of frameskip on my P166 to approach full speed. This issue might also be resolved by switching the driver to use the new 8 bit dynamic palette system.
I rated the challenge and replay value low due to what can only be a decryption flaw. While WC90 is challenging and enjoyable when everything works properly, the opponents occasionally behave erratically and will boot the ball randomly out of bounds. Also, they will sometimes wander off and allow your team to hang out by their goal unchallenged. Worse yet, they will sometimes stand on the sidelines with a throw-in which they will never throw, effectively ending your game.
The bootleg of this game appears to not suffer from the opponent AI flaws, but has problems of its own. While the gameplay is nearly identical, the graphics and fonts are somewhat different and the colors are incorrect. Also look for an amusing typo when you start your "2st" game.
If the MAME development team can sort out the AI flaws in the driver or if you just want to play against a friend in the 2-player mode, World Cup 90 is definately worth your time, otherwise this one will remain frustrating.
Graphics
8
5
Sound
Play Control
9
7
Challenge
Replay Value
6
7
Performance
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