Face Off!

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This article is about the ice-hockey computer game. For other uses, see Face Off.
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Developer(s) Mindspan Technologies
Publisher(s) GameStar
Platform(s) PC, Commodore 64
Release 1989
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Face Off! is a hockey game developed by Mindspan Technologies and published by GameStar on 1989. The game's features include not only the ability to play with your chosen hockey player, but also game plans, team maneuvers and management.


Screenshot of the goal camera in the game Face Off!

The game offers play with single player mode, two humans in cooperative mode or in versus mode. The player can control only one hockey player at a time, that can only be changed during interruptions of play. You can choose to play with 1, 3 or 5 players on each team.

The aspects that made this game famous were the change of camera angle if the hockey player shoots and it is close to the goaltender, and the mini-fight game scenario during the match that occurs sometimes when a player commits a foul on an opposite team's member.

Confusion of names[edit]

This game is often confused with the Amiga game called Face-Off by Krisalis. The most important difference is that the game by Mindspan presents a kind of a fictitious rendition of the NHL, while the Krisalis Amiga game released in 1991 is a hockey simulation where you play national teams. To further complicate things, there is also 1989 Amiga hockey sim called Face Off by Anco Software, which has nothing to do with the above two.