Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition Download (1995 Sports Game)

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A "sequel" of sorts to Sensible Software's 1996 Sensible World of Soccer, a great conversion of the company's famous Amiga football (soccer) game. Based on the teams that played in Euro '96 tournament, SWOS: European Championship Edition sports new features that make the game even more addictive than SWOS, including the ability to pull off looping headers and curved passes, trial players, international management, and more charming cartoony graphics such as animated crowd and goal celebrations. Like its spiritual predecessor SWOS, the PC version of SWOS: ECE features digitized match commentary and funny animation sequences.


If you have come here looking for a realistic football sim, you might as well turn back :) Sensible Soccer is simplistic, but still manages to provide a lot of fun. Personally, I was never a hardcore fan of this game, but I had many friends that played it constantly! They even dared calling it the best football game ever!

This game gained quite a bit of popularity, I must admit. It is pretty much structured as any football game is. It offers different play modes, ranging from friendly to tournament to world championships. There are numerous teams to play with (you can probably read the names from the screenshot). The game itself is viewed from bird perspective.

The one thing I absolutely hated about it was the player control. It was nearly impossible to go in more than 2 directions without loosing the ball. This basically means that once you get in posession of the ball, you can go straight, then for example left, and if you try going straight again, the ball will probably just wonder off. Yeah, I know, it's stupid, but with a lot of effort, you will probably master this technique as my friends did :)

Gameplay is very fast paced and, trust me, you will need quick reflexes to play it successfully. Graphics are pretty funny, and the sound is standard. Nothing spectacular from this game, so it deserves a mark of 3 for being fun, but with many features lacking. However, it can get quite addictive so be careful :)

Run Install.exe to configure your controls (don't try to install your game, because you can't), and the run Sensible.exe to start the game.


A "sequel" of sorts to Sensible Software's 1996 Sensible World of Soccer, a great conversion of the company's famous Amiga football (soccer) game. Based on the teams that played in Euro '96 tournament, SWOS: European Championship Edition sports new features that make the game even more addictive than SWOS, including the ability to pull off looping headers and curved passes, trial players, international management, and more charming cartoony graphics such as animated crowd and goal celebrations. Like its spiritual predecessor SWOS, the PC version of SWOS: ECE features digitized match commentary and funny animation sequences (unfortunately missing from this CD-rip due to space constraints).

The game itself remains what SWOS is, and more: a very addictive football game featuring tiny players, top-notch feel of the game, and excellent management options (although that is never the focus of this series) to round things off. Anyone who prefers "realistic" players such as motion-captured 3D models of current football games might be disinclined to try the game, but if you are a real fan of the sport, you will recognize after a few minutes how authentic SWOS: ECE feels, despite its cartoony players. You need to dribble the ball for real in this game - it doesn't "stick" to your foot like in FIFA. This, plus a staggering range of moves and shots you can do, make SWOS: ECE much more fun than most other football games in the market.

Released right before the 1996 European Championship in England, SWOS: ECE was a great PR move by Sensible Software and a superb game to boot. But since everything in the game would be included and surpassed in the 96/97 edition of SWOS (which you can also download from this site), there is little reason to play this game - except if you want to see what an "intermediate" game between the original SWOS and SWOS 96/97 looks like. And then of course if you are a die-hard Sensible fan, you'd need this to complete your library of this wonderful, yet woefully underrated, football series that was much more successful on the Amiga.


How to run this game on modern Windows PC?

This game has been set up to work on modern Windows (8/7/Vista/XP 64/32-bit) computers without problems. Please choose Download - Easy Setup (12.5 MB).

 

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