In 1990 Kick Off 2 was released by Anco while "Kick Off 2 - The Final Whistle" was a data disc for Kick Off 2 released on 1991 that improved the gameplay and added some new features. It was even more successful than its predecessor Kick Off. It features a full size multi directional scrolling pitch and the players, markings, goals etc, in correct proportions. Both teams play the game strictly according to tactics. Players move into position to receive passes and gain possession. The ball, as in real game, travels ahead of the player thus making a tackle a matter of skill rather than of choice. Each player on the pitch has a unique combination of attributes and skills suitable for the skill level at which the game is being played. It also featured new original features like action replays, players with different characteristics, different tactics, fouls, yellow cards, red cards, injuries, injury time and various referees with different moods! Anco published the first versions of Kick Off for the Amiga and Atari ST and it was immediately considered a pioneer of soccer computer games, thanks to the new original features never included in a football game before. Note that the first Kick Off in the series was released first on the Atari ST!
The Atari ST version offers some good graphics here, featuring smooth and fast animation of the players at the pitch and good vivid colors, although there were significant differences on the pitch details compared to the Amiga like the pitch lines, goalpost's nets etc. As with the player models, the animations are also minimal due to the game’s camera angle. Scrolling here is particularly smooth for an Atari ST game too.
The sound is also good (taking advantage of the 1MB RAM systems - 1040ST/STE) and consists of digitized looped cheers for goals (also when the players come out onto the pitch), and similarly tinny jeers for fouls, as well as decent sounds for when the ball's kicked. Also, there are also a few sort samples of crowd chants when the ball goes out of play for a corner or when there’s a free kick within striking distance.