Title John Madden Football Game Type Sport Players 1-2 Company Electronic Arts Compatibility All (with Patch) HD Installable Yes (with Patch) Submission Chris Vella Profiled Reviewer Review From the moment you start this game you know you are in for a quality product. The intro is very impressive and sets the feeling for a game of good old American Football. Since American Football can be complicated and hard to understand for our friends in other countries I will basically tell you first, the object of the game: To have MORE points (a higher score) than your opponent when the time runs out at the end of the game. The game is broken down into time quarters. There are 4 quarters in the game, each quarter is 15 minutes long, after the the second quarter there is a 15 minute break called halftime, then the 3rd and 4th quarters commence. To start the game a coin is flipped and the visiting team gets to call either heads or tails. If he calls correctly, his team gets the choice of either receiving the ball first or kicking off. The team that receives the ball is now the offensive team and the team that will be defending is called the defensive team. The total length of the field is 100 yards, starting at 0 going up to 50 then back down to 0. The offensive team has 4 downs (tries) to get at least 10 yards. If they get at least 10 yards then they will get another 4 downs to get at least another 10 yards. To move the ball the offensive team can either RUN the ball or PASS it. If the offensive team gets to 4th down and don't think they will get the 10 yards they can elect to punt (kick) the ball as far away from their own goal line (or as close as possible to the defenders goal line) This is done because if they didn't get the 10 yards on their 4th down the ball will automatically be turned over at this spot to the defensive team who in turn will now be the offensive team. Another possibilty is that if it is 4th down and the offensive team thinks they can't get the 10 yard total but thinks its kicker can kick the ball through the Uprights (a U shaped goal post) and they do, then they get 3 points. If the kicker misses the they get 0 points and the ball is turned over to the other team. If the offensive team moves the ball across the defenders goal line they get 6 points and one chance to kick the ball through the uprights to score an additional 1 point. The defending team will try to stop the ball from advancing by TACKLING the man with the ball. Wherever the ball is when the man is tackled this is where the offensive team will run the next play from. For example, if it is 1st down and 10 (This means its the offensive team's first [1st] try to get 10 yards) and the runner runs 4 yards before being tackled the next play will be 2nd and 6 (meaning its their second chance to get 6 more yards) If the next play is a pass and the receiver (player whom the ball is thrown to) misses or drops the ball, the ball doesn't advance and the next play will be 3rd and 6. I think you get the idea now. Another thing that could happen is called a fumble. This is when the offensive team advances the ball and the ball carrier drops the ball before being tackled. There will be a mad scramble for the ball because whoever gets control of the ball will now be on offense, or while passing the ball the defending team catches it instead of the offense then the ball is also turned over to the other team. There are many rules and regulations, far too many for me to list so I hope my quick reference atleast gives you an insight into American Football. Now on to this game, John Madden is a very good version of football. The controls are very responsive and movement of the players is very smooth. The gfx and sound in the game are very good and I consider it to be ABOVE average for an Amiga game. You can play this game as a 1 player game where you will be playing against the computer or a 2 player game where you can play a friend. The computer plays a pretty decent game but you should have no trouble beating the computer once you gain some experience. MANY of the NFL teams are represented in the game but NOT all. I don't know why this is but many of the more popular teams are represented. Each team has different attributes making some teams better than others. A good choice for a beginner to start with is the Minnesota Vikings, This team has some of the best attributes and will play a strong game. Computer football is probably best suited for at least a 2 button joystick, but the programmers did a good job making the game play well with only a 1 button and anyway there is not an option for a 2 button joystick, but make sure your joystick is sturdy because you will be doing lots of movement with it along with the occasional throw the joystcik against the wall because of anger while losing a game :-) In conclusion, If you like American Football, then you will like this game. Its the second best version of football on the Amiga with only the great TV SPORTS FOOTBALL besting it. Good GFX, good SFX, good gameplay = Good Game! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.