Wayne Gretzky Hockey

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Wayne Gretzky Hockey
Wayne Gretzky Hockey NES cover.jpg
Developer(s)Bethesda Softworks
Publisher(s)Bethesda Softworks
Toy Headquarters (NES)
Platform(s)Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Nintendo Entertainment System
Release
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Genre(s)Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s)One player, two players

Wayne Gretzky Hockey is an ice hockey-themed sports game developed by Bethesda Softworks, and first published in 1988.

Gameplay[edit]

The game features the name and likeness of Canadian professional ice hockey centre Wayne Gretzky.

Release[edit]

Bethesda Softworks published Wayne Gretzky Hockey shortly after Peter Pocklington traded Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on 9 August 1988.

Bethesda Softworks followed the game with two sequels: Wayne Gretzky Hockey II (1990) and Wayne Gretzky Hockey 3 (1991).

Reception[edit]

Sales of Wayne Gretzky Hockey reached 350,000 units by 1995, which "put Bethesda Softworks on the gaming map", according to PC Gamer US.[3][1]

In the April 1989 edition of Computer Gaming World, Johnny Wilson gave an "unhesitating recommendation" of the game "to anyone who enjoys hockey".[4]

In the January 1990 edition of Games International (Issue 12), Mike Siggins found the arcade version of the game uninspiring, and the strategy game only a bit better. He concluded by giving the game 3 out of 5 for game play and 4 out of 5 for graphics, saying, "It is among the best hockey games around but sadly, given the earlier efforts in this field, that is not saying much [...] It is neither a good arcade game or stats based game, while it attempts to do both."[5]

In 1996, Computer Gaming World declared Wayne Gretzky Hockey the 111th-best computer game ever released.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bethesda Softworks History". bethsoft.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 1997. Retrieved August 14, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Brother Buzz (January 1991). "Nintendo ProView: Wayne Gretzky Hockey" (PDF). GamePro. p. 76.
  3. ^ Trotter, William R. (November 1995). "Bethesda Softworks: The Little Giant". PC Gamer US. 2 (11): 92–94, 96, 98. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Wilson, Johnny L. (April 1989). "The Great One Digitized". Computer Gaming World. p. 38.
  5. ^ Siggins, Mike (January 1990). "TComputer Games". Games International. No. 12. pp. 46–47.
  6. ^ Staff (November 1996). "150 Best (and 50 Worst) Games of All Time". Computer Gaming World (148): 63–65, 68, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88, 90, 94, 98.