Soccer Brawl. SNK (1992) Neo Geo

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I’m back and have been summoned out of exile to review a crappy football (soccer) game and oh boy do I have the game for that!

Soccer Brawl!

I never went into this expecting great things, but still I hoped.

You get two modes, a league mode and a 2 player versus mode. Obviously League mode is my only real option as nobody will play this ass with me. Here you get to select between a massive 8 of the great footballing nations of the world:

USA, Germany, England, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Italy, and South Korea.

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I would normally choose France but not today.

Anyway back to Soccer Brawl.

It’s like a blend of Speedball and Redcard not that you’ve played those either, but you play as robots and there areno rules, options, or quality.

First off lets start off with the controls, you have two buttons A & B each one does three things depending on if you are attacking or defending in theory! Most of the time I ended up jumping out of the way instead of actually sliding in for a hefty tackle, Adding to my disappointment if you miss the player they will usually manage to score on a rebound after your shot bounces off the keeper.

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Stupidly named special players

They have chose to only play as a 7 v 7 meaning the pitch isn’t overcrowded which is not bad. You have a Goalie, five normal players and “Head Master“, the Head Master is the “Ace striker“. The Head Master has a special power shot, a higher power, and a boost to speed and they can also use their elbows better. They are recognisable by the long flowing hair coming out the back of the helmet, a sort of David Ginola crossed with Petr Cech if you can imagine such things.

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Magic McGuffins

The special power shots are lame, but:

  • Guardian Shot Energy – Where Guarders will surround the ball and when used it can pass through opponents and damage them. Only the Spanish and Brazilian teams can use this.
  • Wave Shot – This ball will move back and forth in a wave pattern avoiding players. Italian and German only
  • Cross Shot – The ball splits up and flies by in a figure eight and is only for the Americans and English
  • Boomerang Shot – It revolves around the player then shoots forward and can damage opponent players before heading to goal. Japanese and Korean only.

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I did manage to get a few of these shots off but they never really did any damage to the scoreline.

The pitch is small and you can use the walls for rebounds so you don’t get throw-ins if it bounces back on the pitch. It makes it a pretty fast game but not that good.

If and when you draw a game it goes directly to a penalty shootout but what is weird is you only get 3 shots each and then if you are equal after that it finishes a draw and you have to continue and play again. This is clearly arcade bullshit, and unacceptable in home ports.

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Graphically its not bad on the eyes, they haven’t gone for realism which helps. The kits sort of exist but for some reason England play in purple and orange. Maybe because they are a clown team?

The music and sound effects are typically 90’s Japanese electronic trash but it doesn’t get that annoying even after playing for a couple of hours.

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Conclusion

It would probably be a bit more fun to play against someone but you would still get bored after a while,but it does have more of a chance winning the World Cup than England.

It came out after the Speedball games and they were just better and had options of upgrading players, Soccer Brawl falls well short.

Pros: It isn’t Sonic Adventure

Cons: No France, pretty much everything else

30%

Back in the Day:

Can’t find any, except blithering idiots giving it 5 stars on Nintendo eShop.

Also available on: Arcades, Neo Geo CD (1995), Nintendo Switch)

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