2 Player Soccer Squad
Copyright/Publisher: Cult Games, Release Year: 1991,
Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Eh? What good's a soccer squad with only two players? Oh, I see, two players can
play the game! It's another of those footy management games, a sort of cut-down
version of Multi-Player Soccer Manager (45%, last ish). Here though, rather than
start with a lowly Fourth Division side, both players get to manage the
'British Superleague' team of their choice (any of the top English/Scottish clubs).
There's also a strange cup competition with four groups of five teams.
Main menu options are selected by pressing their initial letter. Selecting Squad
Details brings up a list of all your players (including you if chose to be a player
manager), showing their general skill level, goals, age and injuries. Here you can
pick your team, sell players or give totally naff players a free transfer (to save
on the wage bill).
Players aren't sold immediately but instead put on the transfer market the
following week. Buying players involves bidding for any of the handful of players
currently on the market. As their skill level isn't shown, the only way to estimate
their value is to assign a scout to watch them; thus 'forthcoming transfers' are
shown to allow you to do this in advance. It's all a bit laborious - the system in
MPSM was much friendlier with your scout giving you an immediate estimate before you
make your bid for a player.
Mind you, at least 2PSS has some sort of match representation, albeit a crude one.
The latest scores (and goalscorers) of all the week's matches are shown while a
clock counts up to 90 minutes.
Erm, and that's about it really. There's the usual array of fixtures and tables to
view, and you can also view other teams' squads, but there aren't many decisions to a
make. Apart from the two-player aspect, 2PSS has nothing new to offer over previous
primitive management games. Do yourself a favour and buy Tracksuit Manager instead.