I enjoyed the honest review of 4th & Inches. When I say "honest" it is simply because this is one of those games where my wonderful memories of being a teenager playing it against my friends clouds the truth - the game is pretty good but not great. Make no mistake, we were in AWE of this game when it first came out (or I should say when one of my buddies got his grubby hands on a copied disk in late '87). This was cutting-edge stuff to us....
The C-64 Critic is right about the grade bump for two-player action. I still play this one on occasion as a solo player and the CPU leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes I'll deliberately let the computer get a 14-0 lead in the beginning to handicap the game.
I did acquire the 4th & Inches Team Construction disk not too long ago. It is a cool enhancement to name your players and dictate their strengths (Stafford passes to C.Johnson.......TOUCHDOWN!). My biggest complaint is that there is no statistical compilation. You see the player's name and yardage every passing or rushing play - why couldn't Accolade have had these stats tallied for viewing as a feature?
Always a treat to see some Commodore 64 love!!!
This review makes me think I need to try to incorporate a little more imagination into my reviews. It's easy to get tunnel-vision when you've been doing this as long as I have.
Superb review really invoking the feel of the day. So much C64 fun with a joystick and a single button. Beach Head II was an awesome similar C64 game with the same feel (and no stupid discs of tron part). Still remember the audio while gunning down the approaching soldiers dashing between walls. And those soldiers you were blithely machine gunning? They were the *good* guys! 'Follow me men!' right into the valley of death courtesy of you, Mr Dictator.