Developed By: Incredible Technologies,
Design Integrity: Jim Zielinski,
Programmed By: Robert Fuentes Jr. &
Jeff Gonjon, Graphics By: R. Scott Morrison,
Music By: Kyle Johnson,
Release Year: 1990, Genre: Weird Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
American Football players have never been so ugly. The teams in Grave Yardage have
a variety of foul monsters playing for them, including ogres, trolls, ghouls and
Astroturf is obviously too nice for such players so matches are played on
In this one or two-player game the basic aim is to earn points by hacking as
many of the opposing team as possible.
A secondary objective is to move the ball down the field using running and passing
plays under the normal 'four downs to gain 10 yards' system. here, though, the
ball carrier runs until he's killed by the defence! Carry the ball into the opposing enzone
and you score a 'smashdown', worth 100 points.
Both offence and defence get to choose their plays from scrolling menus. The
team line-ups can also be altered to suit the favoured type of tactics. Just
remember, you can never be too offensive!
The best aspect of Grave Yardage is undoubtedly its sick humour with the
defence attempting to 'hack' the quarterback! You even get a bonus for
massacring all the opposing team members.
With so much fighting going on it's like a Leeds away match with football
secondary to outright thuggery. Still, it's all done in a fun, lighthearted way.
The fairly lengthy disk accessing between plays is irritating, though, and the
game's a bit pricey.
Any American Football game following the excellent TV Sports: Football would have
to be pretty different to hold my attention. Different Grave Yardage most certainly
is with a ball sprouting wings, minefields and some very weird tactics.
The multiload is surprisingly heavy - between every play - but the game is
good fun with a definite Blood Bowl influence. If you want a serious,
authentic American Football game then you'll be disappointed with this one.
If on the other hand you're a Blood Bowl fan and can't wait for the Tynesoft
official game then give Grave Yardage a whirl.