Copyright/Publisher: Alternative Software, Written By: C.A. Sharp,
Release Year: 1987, Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1
This unusual adventure is alternative software in more ways than one - the player is
cast as manager of a less-than-successful football team, Grimsditch Rangers, and
attempts to get them into the Cup Final. The adventure starts on a Wednesday and
the player has just three days to 'fulfil his dream'. But Murphy's Law rules and
everything that can go wrong does.
Written using Incentive's Graphic Adventure Creator, Football Frenzy has poor,
blocky graphics and bland location descriptions like 'You are in a corridor. You
can go east'. In the first location, the manager's office, the text says the player
can go east of north - though in fact only west and north are available. This
sloppiness is unforgivable in a game marketed as a professional product.
A telephone index found on the manager's desk has the phone numbers of
importanat contacts - all of which are engaged at the start of the game, wasting
the player's time and doing nothing to draw him into the adventure.
Interaction works reasonably efficiently and the game understands logical commands
well, though the limitations of Incentive's utility make themselves obvious. But
gameplay doesn't score a single goal.