Title Peter Beardsley's International Football Publisher Grandslam Development Teque Game Type Sport Players 1 or 2 Compatibility ECS (All with Patch) HD Installable WHDLoad Patch available Submission Codetapper Review Peter Beardsley's is an old soccer game from 1988 with a side on view of the action. At first glance it reminds me of International Soccer on the C64, but that was at least a great game. Peter Beardsley's must rate as one (if not the) worst soccer game on the Amiga. After the pretty average loading picture appears, the thing that hits you is the awful music - a dire rendition of "When the Saints go marching in". After about one minute, the tune drives you insane. Thankfully, pressing F2 will turn off the music. Once the game has loaded, the options screen appears and at first glance it looks like there are a lot of choices. Cleverly disguised in the seven selections, you can basically only select the team for both players, set the game time and start a league (one or two player). The team selection consists of two groups of 4 International European teams. You can move a team from any other country (from a selection of 26) into the group you wish but this system is awkward and slow. Once you have setup the two groups of teams and selected the teams, you can start a one or two player league game. There are no options to simply have a two player friendly by selecting the teams you want and starting. It is luck whether you will get to play the other human opponent first, so you may have to play a few one player games first. The fact that you are more likely to reboot the computer after about 30 seconds of gameplay means you are unlikely to play a two player game if the draw hasn't treated you well. Once you have selected the one or two player league, there is no going back. You can pause the game but can't quit from a game or a league. You have to view results from all the other games by pressing a key (and waiting while it fades the result in and out). After a few results appear you wonder if you are ever going to get to play a match. Finally you are told that your match is to be played and to press a key. The view switches to the side-on view of the pitch. This is where the main problem with this game becomes apparent. It behaves like a dog - a savage dog that has been beaten over the head for all it's life: - There is no time displayed on-screen - you have to hit F10 to pause to be shown the elapsed time. - If you are powering up at the kick-off, the opposition can come in and steal the ball away from you even though you haven't touched it. - If you don't touch the ball at the kick-off, the time still continues to increase. After a few minutes the whistle will be blown for half time. - When throwing the ball in, the ball does not bounce. - Most of the time you can run faster than the ball can be kicked. - Tackling the opposition appears to be totally random. - The nearest player to the ball is not automatically selected, so you often end up with several players centimeters from the ball while the player under your control is miles away. - The goalie is not allowed to move inside the box - only up and down on the line! - The goalie never takes goal-kicks, presumably because he has been told he can only move up or down on the goal line. Thankfully a back eventually comes back and takes the kick. - Rebounds are always the exact opposite angle the ball was kicked at. - If you manage to save a shot from the opposition, it will deflect back to them where they turn around, move out of the box, then turn and come back in for another shot. Very realistic. - If you move into a position where the opposition cannot walk around you to tackle you, the player will sit behind you running on the spot while the rest of the players stand with their hands on their hips. In conclusion, this game is dire. It is a travesty of the great game that is soccer, and I assume the original game would have set you back 25 pounds or so. It looks like an Atari ST port. The graphics are poor, the sound will drive you insane, it plays like a brick and contains more bugs than a Microsoft operating system. Do yourself a favour and buy SWOS instead.