Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival

Kick off is set for an Amiga classic to be revived.

Not a generation goes by without two football games vying for supremacy in the hearts and minds of the video game fan; this and the previous generation have seen FIFA and Pro Evo battle it out, but before PES’s predecessor International Superstar Soccer was even a twinkle in SEABASS’ eye, another war had been fought and won.

Dino Dini’s Kick Off and Sensible Software’s Sensible Soccer went head to head in the 90s, and while Sensi’s less demanding control scheme and friendlier graphics claimed (insert resounding victory anecdote) by the end of the generation, there are still those ardent Kick Off fans that staunchly defend it as the superior.

Those fans are going to (insert 90th minute winner pun), with the announcement that Kick Off Revival is being (insert promotion reference) on the PS4 and Vita in 2016, lead by the man that started it all back in 1988, Dino Dini. Having been teaching game development for the past 8 years, driven from the industry by increasing production demands and market forces, Dini is starting on what he hopes will be a (insert Man City ascendance jab);

“…recently indie game development has made a comeback. As I saw that the industry was beginning to change and embrace the indie spirit again, I knew I had to try one more time.”

Given the rise of the possibilities available to one-man-band developers now, and the nostalgia factor involved, it seems like a smart move to bring back a simpler football game for those of us who maybe don’t have the time to learn the massive move lists that accompany modern football games. Kick Off managed to play a good game of football with one button and an 8-way joystick, so with an analogue stick and just 4 buttons, hopefully Dini can improve on the core gameplay, without swamping it with new features.

The spirit will be that of the old games, but designed with the modern hardware in mind.

There are contenders for the title already on the field though, emulating and bettering what Dini brought to life on the Amiga and Atari ST – Active Soccer 2 being one of those – but only time will tell if (insert relegation, mid-table, or championship contenders line). We would love it, LOVE IT, if Kick Off succeeded.