De­vel­oper: evoga/brez­za­soft Year: 2001 Genre: sports

Retro Gamer - - A MOMENT WITH -

No, you’re not read­ing the year wrong – this is an old-style ar­cade foot­ball game in 2D from 2001. The Brez­za­soft Crys­tal Sys­tem was in­tended to be a re­place­ment for the Neo-geo MVS, which was still hugely pop­u­lar in the South Amer­i­can mar­ket due to its low cost, and a half de­cent foot­ball game was thus im­por­tant to its suc­cess.

The game was code­vel­oped by

Mex­i­can firm Evoga and short-lived SNK suc­ces­sor Brez­za­soft, but cu­ri­ously didn’t in­clude any of the de­vel­op­ment staff re­spon­si­ble for the rather ex­cel­lent Su­per Side­kicks se­ries of foot­ball games.

Evo­lu­tion Soc­cer plays much like the Su­per Side­kicks games – it’s fast-paced and light on fouls. The game’s main de­sign wrin­kle is that it fea­tures a su­per bar, much like fight­ing games. You can choose a team cap­tain at the be­gin­ning of the game, and he’ll have his spe­cial moves listed – again, with fight­ing game-style in­puts. Get it right and you’ll un­leash a mas­sively pow­er­ful shot that al­most guar­an­tees a goal.

Evo­lu­tion Soc­cer isn’t a bad game, but it’s easy to see why it never came home. It was just cre­ated to cater to a very spe­cific mar­ket, and never meant for home con­sole own­ers.

» [Ar­cade] The English cap­tain tries a dar­ing run into the box, but he’s got no spe­cials charged – the fool!

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