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World Cup USA 94

World Cup USA 94
PublisherUS Gold
Reviewed bypdial
This is the official game of World Cup '94, released by US Gold for the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Super NES, Master System, DOS, Amiga, Game Gear, and Game Boy. An interesting fact is that, although US Gold were pleased as punch about getting the official license to the World Cup held in the USA a little earlier that year, they didn't actually release the product for the Amiga until the event was well and truly ended! Major flaws in its gameplay, made this title a rather unpopular game though.
All World Cup '94 teams participated to that event are available, though the names of the players are not the real ones (although its official license!). The game does have a good range of options (such as, weather conditions, speed, and features to customize the World Cup) but having them depicted with rather confusing icons of the World Cup's mascot, a dog named Striker (which are nicely drawn though). One different option is to change the "Glue Factor", which offers the choice of how close the ball stays to your feet when tackling, which works well. There is even the option to change the color of the team’s socks! Set pieces are taken using a method of setting an arc of dots to direct the ball in the required directions. Unfortunately this isn't very effective and is fiddly to do too. Goalkeepers are too easy to beat and the player simply takes his shot and stands there, without offering the chance for a rebound. Controlling the ball though is nice and responsive.
Disk loading time was a killer, but fortunately the game could be installed on a hard drive too.
Overall, World Cup USA 94 is a mediocre footie, especially due to its poor gameplay, although the cute visuals and sound.

On the Amiga version, sprites are well done in detail and move nicely and fast around the pitch, but free players moved like they were zipping on a pre-determined tracks! Animated sequences have been used to show the referee and crowd cheering after a goal, but they don't look particularly effective and slow the proceedings down to a snail's pace.
Sound offers a nice main menu tune, while during the match there are several sampled sound effects (crowd cheering, ball kicking, referee whistles etc), but honestly speaking, it doesn't seem to create much atmosphere, as after a while all sounds (especially the crowd cheering) sounds annoying and particularly flat.
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Comparable platforms
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
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