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.
|Game:||World Cup 90||Company:||Tecmo|
|Type:||Sports||Players:||1 or 2|
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.