We don’t see many Japanese imports on AA, purely because we can’t bloomin’ read em! Every now and then one comes our way which has enough English to be near playable and Zico Soccer falls into that bracket. Published by EA in 1994, the reason is face is on the game is obvious – being with Japanese side Kashima Antlers at the time and a poster boy (or man) for football in the country.
It initially looks pretty good. An international footballing sim (plus Kashima Antlers?). Zico is babbling something in Japanese and there is a button that reads “Advice” but I’m sure it’s all by the by… What’s that now? You can’t control any of the players? Yep, what we have here is a “football management” game –
Both halves of the screen can be used to do this. The whole premise is flawed yet would seem to work in the Japanese RPG-
All in all it’s pretty awful but definitely worth 5 minutes of your time just so you can see what they’re doing the other side of the world.