Sunday, July 26, 2015

Team


Team is a soccer game released late in the Atari ST's life by a dedicated company called Impact Software in 1995. Specifically developed for the Atari STe, it makes full use of the enhanced hardware often ignored by other commercial gaming companies: extra colours, 50fps hardware scrolling, Blitter and DMA audio. Wow!! O_o

If I'm honest, I feel a little unqualified to review Team because I'm not a soccer fan. From what I played, I liked. I'm hardly a new convert but I did enjoy running around the pitch and having a good kick about - great fun! However, not knowing the game's technicalities stops me from progressing further. Interestingly, there is a friendly mode that displays off much of the game's styles and playability, like passing, tactics, and tackles. Hmm sounds fun?



Overscan is used to drastically increase the playable area. I have tried to demonstrate this by placing the 320x200 loading screen alongside the gameplay animation. Strangely, the footballer sprites are quite small but their movements are extremely fast and the screen is fluent at a smooth 50fps. Sound effects are good but everything is a little too quiet, which is odd for a game being played in a stadium of thousands of people! Thankfully, the music is excellent with stereo tracker playback routines developed by a familiar name from the Atari ST demoscene - GRIFF!

Overall, I had lots of fun with Team which shocked me because I hate soccer! Whether it's better than Kick Off or Sensible Soccer, I couldn't say but I certainly enjoyed it so give Team a chance and take it for a kickabout.

LINKS

 - Download Team from 8bitchip which has been adapted for hard drive installation!
 - Old Games Finder has access to floppy disk images.
 - Team's author, Ralph Lovesy, was interviewed for Maggie #16.

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