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Match Day is a football computer game, published by Ocean Software in 1984, originally on the ZX Spectrum and then later released on the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, & Commodore 64 systems. It is the first game in the Match Day series, and the title and opening music are references to Match of the Day. It was the creation of programmer Jon Ritman. The BBC Micro version was ported by Chris Roberts.
This video game was the first one where large moving footballers characters could dribble, throw-in, take corners, etc. on ZX Spectrum. The game uses modified sprites from a previous title Bear Bovver to create an almost isometric, but still ultimately side-on football title.
The game had 8 teams that the player could choose, such as Ritman Rovers, Clarke PR and Ocean United. Players could rename the teams and redefine the team colours.
The sequel, Match Day II was much the same but incorporated two features still used today in most football titles - a deflection system, the ball could bounce off players, which meant headers were possible, and a shot power system, although it was as easy to accidentally backheel the ball with this system, as it was to hit a powerful shot. The game is also similar to a previously, not published game by Jon Ritman, Soccerama.
- Sport Games review at zxgoldenyears.net
- Interview with Ritman at amstradmuseum.com
- Interview with Jon Ritman in Computer Emuzone
- Match Day at SpectrumComputing.co.uk
- It Really Is All Over at Eurogamer
- History of Computer Soccer at members.lycos.co.uk/Crispin_S
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