Grandstand is a distinctly odd package: Pro Tennis tour clocks up some kind of record
with its third appearance in about six months on compilations, while World Class
Leaderboard comes back from the grave one more tine - despite its budget Multimixx
Continental Circus has also appeared on budget, while Gazza Super Soccer has been
on the Soccer Mania compilation but is so awful a budget appearance has thankfully
suffered Lazio-style postponement.
Grandstand certainly doesn't break any new ground then, but most of the games
are good. Pro Tennis Tour (82%, Issue 61) is the best conventional-style tennis sim
about. At first simply hitting the ball is tough, but there's a good practice option,
three skill levels and a comprehensive challenge with all the Grand Slam Tournaments
for you to win.
If you don't fancy our favourite (the slightly easier, and funnier International
3-D Tennis with vector graphics), this is the one to get. As golf fames go World
Class Leaderboard (94%, Issue 27) is probably the pinnacle. The last and best of the
Leaderboard series it includes three real golf courses, a specially designed course
for experts, and features such as trees, rivers, lakes, bunkers, rough and green.
There's an overhead view, practice options, and the graphics are up to the usual
high standard. It's a great two-player game and shouldn't be missed. Continental Circus
(74%, Issue 56), by contrast, has rather dated. A month after its release Turbo Out Run
appeared, then there was Super Monaco GP, Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge and Turbo Charge.
Circus doesn't bear comparison with any of them graphically. However, it looks okay,
plays reasonably well and isn't a bad budget purchase. Gazza Super Soccer isn't bad either -
absolute, flippin' rubbish is nearer the mark. This missed out on a ZZAP! review first
time around because we got it so late.
Now we can do it justice. Uniquely, the game has two different perspectives - one
for attack, when you see the half the pitch facing the defending goal, then for midfield
tussles you have a side-on view.
The sprites are dire, their small size make judging
tackles tough, the pitch is an odd shape and the flicking between various views
confusing. It's a laugh for a couple of goes, but after that it becomes an excellent
dust attractor. For the sake of the ZZAP! Index we'll rate it 29%.