Copyright/Publisher: G.T.I. Software, Original Spectrum Version By: S. Bye, Conversion By: |
R.Tucker, Release Year: 1990, Number Of Players: 1, Genre: Football/Soccer,
In SOCCER DIRECTOR you play a man with a burning ambition, to own all the top
clubs in the country. While you realise it's against the rules to own more than
more than one team, you have found a way to buy the shares without anyone
realising it is you.
Your objective in the game is to own (i.e. own at least 501 shares in) the top
ten clubs at the end of the season 10, at the latest.
In order to achieve your ambition, you use the First Division clubs to make
your money, buying and selling shares as teams succeed and fail. Your capital
will increase as share value goes up, and you will be paid a weekly dividend by
each club you own shares in - IF they make a profit.
You can attempt to influence the success of teams by calling shareholders
meetings - the more shares you own, the more influence you have on the outcome
of any votes.
A team's results are based on 3 main characteristics: SKILL, FITNESS & MORALE,
each of which can be affected by other factors in the game. It's up to you to
find out what you can do to increase (or decrease) a teams chances of winning
For example, it is possible to 'nobble' a team that is annoying you by
winning too many matches, just by using the features within the game. It may
not be obvious to start with, but it is one of the many unusual features of
SOCCER DIRECTOR that there are for the cunning strategist to discover.
At the beginning of the game, you are presented with 5 options. The only option
that needs explanation here is D (weeks per season). This is effectively the
difficulty level. You can choose between 10, 20. 30 & 40 weeks - the longer the
season, the more money you start with, and the better the chance you have of
achieving your goal. Once you have started the game, you cannot change the
number of weeks per season.
When you select CONTINUE, you are presented with the main menu. There are 9
1. PLAY SEASON:
This starts the resulting sequence going, and should be the last decision you
make each week. However, if you need to get back to the main menu, you have a
limited time (press M) before the results begin. In the first week of every
season, you are offered the choice of AUTO or MANUAL results.
lasts for the whole season and cannot be changed. AUTO lets you sit back and
watch the results of the matches and your investment unfold, and will continue
to cycle through the various stages until the end of the season, unless
This can be done on the screen before the results sequence (again
by pressing M) as many times during the season as you wish. You may want to
check your investments, buy or sell shares, or use any of the other facilities
available. MANUAL will pause on every screen, enabling you to spend as much
time as you wish studying the information.
Pressing the spacebar will move you
on to the next screen. After the results, you will see how the shares are
performing, and then details on the finances of each club you own shares in.
2. BUY/SELL SHARES:
This is the wheeling and dealing screen! It tells you the current market value
of each share, how many are available on the open market, and shows if you have
a shareholding (by an asterisk if you own 500 or less, or by a hash symbol if
you are a majority shareholder).
The minimum quantity you can buy or sell at
any one time is 10 shares. If a team is successful, more people will be buying
their shares, so there will be fewer shares available than for a team that
looses every week.
There are two things to watch out for on this screen -
firstly, the market is liable to close (and not re-open until the following
week) at any time, so do your dealings in order of importance! Secondly, if you
sell a large number of shares in one club, (we're not telling you how many!) it
can cause the market to crash, possibly loosing you a small fortune on your
One small hint here; it's well worth keeping a calculator
handy for this part of the game! Please note that you are not allowed to buy
shares on this screen if you have an overdraft, or if the purchase would cause
you to have one.
3. GAME OPTIONS:
This takes you back to the first screen, if you want to save the game or just
4. BETTING MENU:
Allows you to bet (before beginning of each season only) on League and F.A Cup
winners, and one team to be relegated. This can be a very good way of making
some extra cash - if you get it right!
5. SEE FORM TABLE:
This option enables you to see how well (or badly) the teams are doing -
although it does not sort the teams into a league table, it does show how many
points they have; also the ratings for SKILL, FITNESS & MORALE. It will give
you an idea of which teams are likely to do well in the weeks to come, and
which ones need a little encouragement.
6. SEE SHARES OWNED:
7. CALL A SHARE MEETING:
You are only able to do this once a week, and only for a club you own shares
in. You are invited to propose a motion from the options displayed - the motion
is successful either if you own at least 501 shares in the club (i.e. you are a
majority shareholder), or if the other shareholders vote with you. If you are
successful well, try it and see!
9. MAKE SHARE OFFER:
It is unlikely that you will be able to complete the game without using this
option at least once. It is only available when the 9 is flashing (so keep your
eyes open) but when this happens, you will be allowed to check other screens
first without loosing the opportunity.
This option allows you to attempt to
force a purchase of shares (even if none are available) in any one club by
making a higher offer than the current market value. The higher you bid, the
better the chance of obtaining some shares, but although this is one of the few
occasions you are allowed an overdraft facility, be careful, as this could
cause you problems (see later).
This is an ideal way to become the majority
shareholder in a successful team. One other thing to be aware of here is that
if you pay too much over the odds, you may never be able to recoup your
If you are overdrawn at the end of a season, the bank will force the sale of
some (or all) of your shares, at well below the market value, until the
overdraft is repaid. If you don't have enough to repay the overdraft, you are
bankrupt, and the game ends.
This is a particularly nasty feature, and the only
hint we have to offer is: MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT OVERDRAWN AT THE END OF THE
SEASON! You will not have a chance to sell shares after the last weeks results,
so do the necessary business beforehand. You have been warned.
SHARE PRICES are obviously affected by a number of things; you should be able
to predict these when you have played the game a little.
If you are a majority shareholder in a team that wins the league, you win
£80,000. If your team wins the cup, you win £10,000.
This is calculated at the end of each season only.
The two bottom teams in the league are relegated; along with them goes any
money you have invested, as we are only interested in First Division teams in
this game! Two new teams will be promoted into the table for the new season.
Keep your eyes open for surprise features that may pop up occasionally. Don't
put all your eggs in one basket. Watch out for teams that look like they will
be relegated - you will loose all your investment in them. Finally, you don't
get any interest on money in the bank!