Title Kick Off Extra Time (Kick Off required) Publisher Anco Game Type Sport Players 1-8 Compatibility A500-A2000 HD Installable No Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review A long time ago Dino Dini and Steve Screech made a soccer game which took the gaming world like a hurricane. Kick Off started a new era in football games and was (and still is) a landmark in gaming history. The game spawned a sequel and various add-on data disks as Anco made their best effort to utilise the phenomenal success of the game. Extra Time was the first of the data disks. It offered four new playing surfaces, new tactics and some minor tweaks in the game play. The original Kick Off was still the backbone of the game (and is needed to play this data disk) which meant the original arcade-style gameplay which made the first game famous was still there (if only in slightly refined form). For those who have not played the original game here's a brief description of the game. Kick Off Extra Time offers a bird's eye viewpoint into soccer action. Imagine a television camera hovering above the field, always trying to keep the ball in the middle of the screen. The players graphics are also drawn from this viewpoint which means their animation and appearance is quite simple. The game controls are easy to pick up yet difficult to master which means this game offers considerable challenge for a long time. At first the game feels like pinball as the action is very fast and players have quite a hard touch to the ball (the ball is not 'glued' to the players foot like in many other soccer games). With a little practice the player is able to control the ball better and execute some more skilful techniques against the opposition. What makes Extra Time so special then when compared to the original offering? The improved gameplay and slightly increased difficulty level, together with the far crisper graphics made the ultimate playing experience even better. In some ways I see KOET as the pinnacle of Kick Off series - while other players prefer the more polished Kick Off 2 I personally think Extra Time offers more balanced gameplay with perfectly set difficulty levels. A true classic which is still holding its own even when compared against modern 3D soccer wonders.