Soccer

Going into it I was expecting a better, more interesting, challenging experience from Soccer (aka Hockey) over the original Pong. The original was a take on Tennis – two bats and a ball. Soccer is for all intents and purposes the exact same game but each player gets a second bat that moves in time with the first, and the edge of the screen is narrowed into a more soccer like goal aperture.

The original bat now represents your goalkeeper and the new bat is in a forward position representing a striker. In theory it is now harder to score with the narrower goal area and you have chances for some more tactical play with the additional forward bat providing quicker volleys and angles on the ball.

Unfortunately all that really happens is added confusion. It can be hard in the moment to see which bat is yours, whose moving and hitting the ball. Alas it seems maybe a hint of colour for player differentiation might have helped.

3/5

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