Sunday 13 March 2022

Super Sidekicks (Neo Geo AES / MVS review)

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Released: 1992

Super Sidekicks is a sports game that was followed by two sequels on the Neo Geo (1994 and 1995).

+ Two-button control layout (with context-sensitive shoot/pass options) is straightforward and welcoming to all skill levels.

+ While there's no on-screen player map, the arrows that show where your nearest team-mate is work decently enough.

+ Defensively, the game does a great job of automatically selecting a player to control who's in the best possible position.

+ Celebratory cut-scenes and foul animations are humorously expressive and add plenty of personality.

- Only 12 national teams are included and the modes on offer don't provide much in terms of longevity. 

- Tactics and formation options are absent, so every match feels similar and lacking strategy.

- Random slowdown always appears whenever the ball reaches the penalty box.

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