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Game #4565
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition   (a.k.a. Sensible World of Soccer 95/96 ECE)  View all Top Dogs in this genre
Sport   Football (Soccer)

Rating: 9.04 (208 votes)

Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition box cover

Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition screenshot
A "sequel" of sorts to Sensible Software's 1996 Sensible World of Soccer, a great conversion of the company's famous Amiga football (soccer) game. Based on the teams that played in Euro '96 tournament, SWOS: European Championship Edition sports new features that make the game even more addictive than SWOS, including the ability to pull off looping headers and curved passes, trial players, international management, and more charming cartoony graphics such as an animated crowd and goal celebrations. Like its spiritual predecessor SWOS, the PC version of SWOS: ECE features digitized match commentary and funny animation sequences.

The game itself remains what SWOS was just adding more: a very addictive football game featuring tiny players, top-notch gameplay, and excellent management options (although that was never the focus of this series). Anyone who prefers "realistic" players such as motion-captured 3D models of current football games might be disinclined to try this one, but if you are a real fan of the sport, you will recognize after a few minutes how authentic SWOS: ECE feels despite its cartoony players. You need to dribble the ball for real in this game – it doesn't "stick" to your foot like in FIFA. This, plus a staggering range of moves and shots you can do, make SWOS: ECE much more fun than most other football games on the market.

Released right before the 1996 European Championship in England, SWOS: ECE was a great PR move by Sensible Software and a superb game to boot. But since everything in the game would be included and surpassed in the 96/97 edition, there is little reason to play this game – except if you want to see what the "intermediate" underdog between the original SWOS and SWOS 96/97 looks like. And then of course if you are a die-hard Sensible fan, you'd need this to complete your library of this wonderful, yet woefully underrated, football series that was much more successful on the Amiga. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Chris Chapman & Jon Hare
Developer: Sensible Software
Publisher: Time Warner Interactive
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Sensible Software
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: SWOS Editor (archived)
If you like this game, try: Sensible Soccer '98, Sensible World of Soccer 96/97, Football Glory

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