Posted by pparrish on Jun 8, 2010 15:11 (Jun 8, 2010 15:11)
With the World Cup around the corner, it’s time to take a short break from compulsive finger-crossing and cease those dubious offerings to dearly-beloved dark deities. We must simply trust to fate that the new release will maintain the exceptional quality and reputation of the series. Judging by past performances, there should be no need to fear- even the demo versions of Sensi that were gleefully distributed to various magazines throughout the 1990’s could often be found to possess memorable touches of flair; and this tendency to go the extra distance on coverdisk promotions deserves some sort of special homage. Like this one by Peter Parrish, for instance.
Someone at Sensible had a pleasingly developed sense of the absurd. It was Amiga Action that provided a coverdisk platform for one of the most bizarre metamorphoses of the game ever witnessed, under the revealing title “Unsensible Soccer”. Though traditionalists could satisfy themselves by playing a gripping encounter between Norwich City and Manchester United (with all just and righteous persons leading Norwich to glorious victory), it was the curious alternative match that provided the gateway into an unknown programmer’s damaged subconscious. Inside which, surprisingly, lurked a love of silky-skilled fruits.
Who would triumph in a match between anthropomorphised apples and oranges? That eternal question could at last be answered by this strange demo. A nation of fans was thankful for finally being given the chance to battle out this ancient five-a-day grudge to any number of gripping conclusions. Green vs Orange. Pomaceous vs Citrus. Bensons vs Del Monte. These are the fixtures of which dreams are made. Err .. yes, anyway. A few other questions were still raised, such as why both sides had elected to play pears in goal. Presumably pears are famed in the sentient fruit community for their agility and cat-like reactions.