LifeisXbox’s World Soccer Strikers ’91 review | Ah yes, the popular sport called soccer (or football). I must say I’m not a big soccer fan, but a cute little co-op arcade game sure seems like a lot of fun! World Soccer Strikers ’91 is a physics-based, retro-style soccer game that you can play with up to seven friends. Or on your own, if you prefer that, of course! No magnetic feet is what is supposed to make WSS91 different. You cannot depend on the game’s engine doing everything for you soo you’ll have to aim, trackle and shoot all by yourself! Let me tell you how that went with my boyfriend and me.
World Soccer Strikers ’91 was developed by Bipolar Dawn and published by Meteorbyte Studios.
This is a short review, our usual the good, mixed and the bad was difficult because of the nature of this game. Maui played World Soccer Strikers ’91 for 2 hours on Xbox Series X. This game is also available on PC and PlayStation.
World Soccer Strikers ’91 caught my attention with its simple looking graphics and fun gameplay. I was a bit worried I would totally suck since you have to do everything yourself: shooting, aiming, tackling, and so on. WSS ’91 was surprising ‘easy’ to learn, and I ended up having a lot of fun teaming up and competing against my boyfriend in several games. Let’s first talk about the game modes, shall we? You have quick match, which is just a simple match. Then there is also a tournament, in which you compete against other teams and try to pass quarter finals, semi finals, and of course, win the finals! There’s also the league game mode, where you try to reach that number one position in the standings (based on wins, draws, loses, and points). And last but not least, we have the golden goal mode where the first team to score, wins. All game modes were fun to play, but I did prefer the tournament because it provided some extra challenge, in my opinion! I ended up playing in single player or with my boyfriend, but you can play with up to 7 friends, so that’s a blast.
Matches can last between one and five minutes, depending on how long you want them to be. Difficulty can also be adjusted to your standard easy, normal, and difficult modes. World Soccer Strikers ’91 also offers a bunch of teams to choose from, of which some have to be unlocked. Unlocking them is pretty straightforward: you complete the task at hand, for example, successfully dodge 50 times, win 15 games, etc. It’s always very clear what you have to do to unlock a certain team. Talking about the teams, they usually have very funny names, such as Olympique Mayonaise, Occasionally United, or Excpected Toulouse. A fun detail were the banners on the soccer field. Inspiration was obviously taken from big brands and names were adjusted a bit, like instead of the Hard Rock Café, we had ‘Hard Boiled’ and ‘MasterCard’ turned into ‘MasterWorker’.
One thing that bothered both me and my boyfriend, is that we sometimes lost track of the ball itself. It was very small, and just unnoticable at times. We often were like ‘where is the ball? do you see it?’, because when a lot of players were in the same space, the ball sometimes got lost. Other than that, everything was okay though! The arcady-looking graphics with the exciting audience and upbeat soundtrack make for a fun couple of matches.
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