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                                FIFA International Soccer
                                       Game Boy
                        Developer: Malibu   Publisher: EA Sports
                                  By: GammaBetaAlpha
                                   Table of Contents
                            How To Play                 [HELP]
                            Donations/Amazon            [DONT]
                            Contact Info                [CONT]
                                      How to Play
            FIFA International Soccer is a traditional football/soccer game with the
    FIFA license, the first FIFA game for the Game Boy. Unlike most other soccer
    games on the Game Boy, such as Nintendo World Cup or International Superstar
    Soccer, the FIFA series plays with a diagonal (isometric) view screen and
    playing field.
            Another big difference from the other games present on the Game Boy is
    that the playing fields on FIFA International Soccer are immense: it can take a
    great deal of time to move the ball downfield, simply because it stretches for
    the length of several screens from goal to goal.
            Further unlike those games, play is considerably less automated, and you
    will have to take active control of a player on the field at all times if you
    wish to make any decent headway. Goals are also considerably more difficult to
    score in the FIFA series present on the Game Boy than for the other, more
    arcadey-style games. This usually borders on being hideously impossible to
            Other than that, basically all the regular football rules are present in
    FIFA International Soccer, including having 10 players, penalties, yellow and
    red cards, and so forth. Fouls and offsides can be toggled on and off in the
    options menu.
            The game has the real names and logos of the country and club teams at
    the time, but does not have the names of the players themselves, instead
    resulting in generic names.
            FIFA International Soccer also makes use of the Super Game Boy, having
    enhanced graphics including colour when utilised.
    A - Kick the ball towards the opponent's net
        Pass with a low kick (aim with the D-Pad)
        Slide (while on defense)
        Throw in ball (Throw in)
    B - Pass with a high kick (aim with the D-Pad)
        Lob the ball right up into the air (if you are not aiming in a teammate's
                                            general direction)
        Change your active player (when on defense)
    D-Pad - Move your active player character around
            Aim kicks and passes
    Start - Pause, Unpause the Game
    Basic Playability
            Unlike the later FIFA games on the Game Boy, FIFA International Soccer
    seems to be very unplayable. You will find typically that if you are playing
    manually, the character you have control over seems to have a difficult time
    both grabbing the ball when it is passed towards him, actually dribbling the
    ball around, and holding onto it. Furthermore, even if you choose a good team
    like Germany or EA Sports and play a weak team in comparison, the other team
    appears to be very capable of stealing all the time.
    Passing and Kicking
            In this game, kicking on the opponent's net is controlled by the A
    button. Even if you are at the opposite end of the field, pressing the A button
    will see the player possessing the ball kick the ball towards the opposing
    team's net if you are not specifically aiming towards a teammate, in which case
    the possessing player may pass to that player. When you pass with the A button,
    the kick is a low pass, never leaving the ground and always staying on the
            When you get in closer to the net, you can exert some control over the
    general direction of your kick through use of the D-Pad button while holding the
    A button and before releasing it. This aim is not entirely perfect, but it is
    relatively passable.
            Passing can also be done with the B button. You still need to aim
    towards your teammate, and using the B button will result in a high kick, with
    the ball often moving over your teammate's head. If you are not aiming towards a
    teammate, then the ball will instead be lobbed up into the air over the
    possessing player's head.
    Stealing the Ball
            When a member of the opposite possesses the ball and is dribbling it
    around, you can steal the ball by moving up to him and pressing the A button to
    do a slide and attempt to steal the ball. This is not always perfect.
            Here are the numerous options of gameplay and other odds and ends to go
    over when entering the menu upon starting up your game.
            You can toggle the language setting between English, German, French and
            Play Mode
            Gives you multiple game options on what to play.
            Exhibition lets you play a single match between two teams of your
    choice, with the team you play as on the left side of the selection screen. When
    you are doing Exhibition, you choose the teams you play as and against right off
    the bat on the front screen, while the other mode options you pick just your own
            The Tournament setting follows the FIFA format. Select your team to play
    as and you will be put into a randomly selected group of 4 teams, and play each
    team once. The best two teams from group plus a few of the better third-place
    teams will advance to a round of 16, where it then moves into a single-loss
    elimination tournament.
            Playoffs skips the initial qualifying round of the Tournament setting,
    moving straight to the round-of-16 single-loss elimination bracket.
            League allows you to select one team and play every other team in an
    eight-team league twice to determine who is the best team in the league.
            Restore allows you to go resume where you may have left off in a
    tournament, playoffs or league setting, using passwords the game gives you to go
    back to where you last finished up.
            Demo gives you an automatic simulation of a match.
    Half Time
            You can change the lengths of game halfs to be 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20,
    or 45 minutes each.
            You can toggle Fouls, and with them, Penalty Kicks, Yellow Cards and Red
    Cards on and off. They are by default off.
    Game Type
            Change the Game Type between action and simulation, with Action being
    the default. In Simulation, as the game drags on, players purportedly get tired
    and move faster to simulate fatigue in real-life, but this does not occur in
            You can toggle Offsides on and off. They are by default off.
            Toggle the Weather Type between Dry, Damp, Drenched or Hot. Drier
    conditions are conducive to the ball moving more quickly and having higher
    bounce. Hot presumably only affects you during Simulation Game Type mode.
            You can change between a grass pitch and an artificial pitch. Game play
    moves faster on an artificial pitch.
            The clock during game play can be changed between always running or
    stopping during out of play events.
            Sound allows you to toggle between having Music and Sound Effects, Music
    only, Sound Effects only, and no sound or music whatsoever during a game.
            These are the teams present in the game. While each team has a make-up
    of (generically named) players with unique stats, the teams also have their own
    stats list represented by bars on the team select team.
            Algeria         England         Morocco         Switzerland
            Argentina       France          New Zealand     Turkey
            Australia       Germany         Nigeria         U.S.A.
            Austria         Greece          N. Ireland      Ukraine
            Belgium         Holland         Norway          Uruguay
            Brazil          Hong Kong       Poland          Wales
            Bulgaria        Hungary         Portugal        EA Sports
            Cameroon        Iraq            Qatar
            Canada          Israel          Rep. Ireland
            Chile           Italy           Romania
            China           Ivory Coast     Russia
            Columbia        Japan           Scotland
            Czech Rep.      Luxembourg      Spain
            Denmark         Mexico          Sweden
            Each team lists a numerical score for their Shooting, Running, Passing,
    Defence, Tackling, Goalies, and an Overall Score, with the higher number being
    the better, up to a score of 9.
            Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Holland all have overall scores of 8.
            Germany, Italy, and the EA Sports team all have an overall score of 9,
    with the EA Sports team having perfect 9s all the way through.
            Prior to the start of a game, or during a game and entering the menu by
    pressing the Start button, you can go through a few more options.
            Control Setup
            This option allows you to change which team you are controlling. You can
    also place the Gameboy icon in between the two teams to have a completely
    automatic game with no control over the players.
            In this menu, by pressing the B button, you can also toggle how your D-
    Pad moves your characters and aim. When the arrow on the screen of the Game Boy
    is pointing up, you have to press left and down or right and up to move along
    the field. If you toggle the arrow to point to the upper right, it changes your
    control perspective so just pressing the up button makes you move up AND right
    along the isometric perspective of the field (and down goes down and left).
            Team Coverage
            This allows you to toggle the length of the field that will be covered
    by your defence, your midfielders, and your attackers when the ball is within
    the zone.
            Team Strategy
            Team Strategy lets you change the behaviour of the A.I. of your
    teammates. None is the regular all-around A.I., Longball I _believe_ is
    concerned about getting the ball upfield constantly, Defend is self-explanatory,
    All-out Defend focuses your players tightly around your own net, Attack is self
    -explanatory, and All-out Attack focuses your players tightly around the
    opponent's net.
            Starting Lineup
            Here, you can select new players to replace those already assigned to
    play. Roster players who are going to play have an X flashing on the field map.
    To select a new player, press B to pick him, then scroll up and select the
    player you want to replace with the B button again.
            Slot in a replacement player to any of the on-field players.
            Game Stats
            Give some in-depth stats on shots, saves, etc., and time of possession
    of the ball.
            Score Summary
            A more detailed version of Score where the scoring player and time score
    are also listed.
            Foul Summary
            Lists all the yellow and red cards assigned to players on both team, if
    any, during the game.
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