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Mudfrost
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« on: December 09, 2004, 01:36:15 AM »

I'm looking for a good, turn-based football game -- something like Madden without the clock.

Back in the old days, there was a game called Head Coach Football for the Amiga (or perhaps the C64). Graphics were minimal of course, just little blocks that ran out the plays, but the gameplay was completely addictive.

I'd like to find something similar for our updated machines. Good graphics would be nice but they're not essential. I just want a solid football game that allows me to take as much time as I want to pick my plays. Something more chess-like.

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2004, 04:17:52 AM »

32 thread views and no suggestions. I guess there really isn't a decent turn-based football game.  frown
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2004, 08:06:19 AM »

Well,3-4 of the views have been mine and altho interested in it too I don't know of any either.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2004, 09:44:53 AM »

There's that fantasy bloodsport football game that was recently released.  Chaos League or something.

It has both a real time and turn based mode, but it's not quite football.

Oh, and it has starforce.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2004, 12:36:08 PM »

Or you can try Blood Bowl:

http://www.geocities.com/javabbowl/  This is the link to the game client,

http://www.specialist-games.com/bloodbowl/tlr.asp This is the rulebook download page.  The rulebook is in PDF format.[/url]
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2004, 12:41:52 PM »

Sorry, I don't have a recommendation either, but I'd like to get something like this myself. Didn't Sierra have a decent manager-only option in their Front Page Sport Football game, I think the FPS Football 98 edition? I think I have it buried somewhere in my room  :lol:.  I seriously doubt it would even run now.

BTW, your post reminded me of the ultimate turn based football game (non-computer) called "Scrimmage". It was released in Strategy & Tactics magazine back in the 70's. The playing field was delineated by a hex-grid and each football player was a separate counter. Players took turns moving their, err, players and rolling a die (or dice, can't remember) to resolve tackles, passes, feints, etc. It took about thirty minutes of real-time to resolve one down! It wasn't very popular of course, but an excellent example of the days when designers/developers could try out unusual concepts.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2004, 01:37:15 PM »

I remember that game! I remember thinking "what a rip off"! I wanted wargames dammit,not football games!  :wink:
I also remember they never tried anymore experiements like that anymore.
Damn,that was a long time ago! :wink:
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2004, 02:11:59 PM »

Crush! Deluxe

Although it isn't traditional football, it is about the same.  You play a one vs one vs one match, where three teams go for one ball, and try to carry it into the goal area for a touchdown.  It was one of the best turn based games that I have ever played.  May be hard to find these days, though abandoned software is always looking for a new home, if you know where to look.
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2004, 04:35:06 PM »

Action PC Replay
http://www.dksports.com/

Strat-O-Matic Football
http://www.strat-o-matic.com/

Lance Haffner 3-in-1 Football
http://www.lhgames.com/

All those games allow for "turnbased-style" play calling and have a limited graphical representation of the play outcome.
They are, by nature, statistical replay games, but the playcalling and X's and O's style graphic playout are there.  Good games all.
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2004, 05:53:47 PM »

I have to look into these.

I've been trying to find a turn based football game too for my dad.

On the c64 he always played Football Strategy.



Now those were some fancy graphics.
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2004, 07:43:38 PM »

You might try Front Office Football:
http://www.solecismic.com/fof/index.php

The caveat is that this game's strength is its long-term career mode. The in-game aspect is not what it stresses. However, it does have a play calling mode, and there is no time pressure. Great game, by the way, although it can be intimidating if you are new to the series.
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2004, 08:09:41 PM »

I can vouch for the Action Replay football game. I bought it and the 2002 season a couple of years ago and really enjoyed my time with it. In fact, I may need to order the 2004 projection disk and get back into the swing of things!
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