Review by Psycho Penguin

"Down, set, hut hut hut!"

There hasn't exactly been a lack of football games available recently. Madden. Gameday. QB Club. NFL 2K. Blitz. With so
many to name, they all lead back to one game: Super Football for the Atari 2600. Super Football for the Atari 2600 was one of, if not the first, football games ever. And it isnt't that great but it is worth it to play it once in a while to see where all these classics like Blitz 2000 come from (as well as crap like Quarterback Club 2000 for Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast.) So how does Super Football compare to these all time greats? Well, Super Football for the Atari 2600 shouldn't really be compared to the other football titles released, because it just isn't fair to a decent football game like Super Football. Read on for the Super Football review.....

Graphics (8.3/10)
The players were actually recognizable, which is always a good thing. The field itself was just a basic green color, but it still looked okay, even with the black numbers on the field. The black numbers soon made the game very annoying, as it hurt my eyes seeing the same numbers repeated over and over again. Still, the graphics in the game are still pretty decent, especially for an Atari 2600 game. Overall, the graphics were well done.

Music/Sound (4.6/10)
Was there even any music or sound effects in the game at all? I mean, most Atari 2600 games didn't feature any music, so I am really not going to hold it against Super Football that much. Still, the limited sound effects of the game just doesn't cut it for me. The basic ''bleeps and bloops'' of the game seems to darken the outlook of playing the game because the sound effects are so annoying. Overall, the limited sound effects and the lack of music in Super Football for the Atari 2600 just doesn't cut it for me and really puts a damper on this category.

Gameplay/Control (4.4/10)
The gameplay is just like your normal football games, choose a play then run it. You get several different formations. The game was actually pretty complex for an Atari 2600 game because of all of the different options in the game. For instance, there were several different play formations that you could run, and each one would be very effective against a certain type of defense, sort of like Tecmo Super Bowl for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Overall, the gameplay is more classic Atari 2600 stuff.

Replay Value (Low)
Play it once a year for nostalgia sake

Challenege (High)
Super Football for the Atari 2600 provides a decent challenge for newbies and veterans alike.

Overall (4.6/10)
An average at best football game for the Atari 2600. The game is still pretty fun to play, even today, and is definetly worth buying just to see the origins of today's football games


Reviewer's Score: 5/10 | Originally Posted: 05/14/00, Updated 07/16/01


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