Now how did this one get into the top 50? It wouldn’t really be a major Amiga chart without this one being in here now, would it? The only football game to rival (and comprehensively beat in most instances) the Kick Off franchise, Sensi offered so much and gave you plenty back in abundance that even it could do that one thing that not many soccer games could…. Make you play it even if you never really liked the sport in the first place.
Back when I was a nipper, about 20 minutes ago of course, I was never really a big taker on football. It was when I went round to a friend’s house that I noticed the original Sensible Soccer running on his 500 and looked on as other people played it thinking “This looks alright, I suppose” About a week later and I’d bought it and was hooked.
The Sensible Software approach to making things colourful, yet easy to pick up and play was always evident in most of their games, but never more so that with SWOS. One button footy nowadays would seem simply preposterous, but not so in the days of the Amiga. With more bend than Beckham kicking a boomerang, the free kicks had the same degree of admiration as Chuck Norris, only Chuck would win, of course.
There was plenty of league and tournament shenanigans, but when you were young, unless you had an anorak on or absolutely no homework to do, you only wanted to beat your pals when they came round and that was where Sensi really came into its own. As a single player game it was really good, but as a multiplayer experience it was unbelievable, which is why it sold as many as it did on Xbox Live when it got a revamp, and which code did they use to create it? Why, it was the good old Amiga, obviously.