June always provokes that “after the Lord Mayor’s show” feeling, and never more so than this year among the Liverpool faithful. After a season to be remembered for all the right reasons, the rumour mill is going at full steam in anticipation of transfer season – and yet right now, all we can do is sit and think and wait.
It’s a perfect time to take a step back and look at some of the fun aspects of football, and in this technical age, fun usually comes in the shape of a PC, console or smartphone game. So let’s pick the bones out of some Liverpool-themed football games that have appeared on very different platforms across the years – have you given any of them a try?
Sir Alan Sugar might be a dedicated Spurs fan, but that didn’t stop him from seeing the potential in a Liverpool FC game for his Amstrad home computer brand back in 1990. It was also ported to the Atari. The player uses either a joystick or keyboard to take control of Liverpool’s 1990 squad and take on other first division teams (this game came out two years before the Premier League was launched), as well as participating in the FA Cup.
The player could pick the formation and choose from real squad members, although they all look exactly the same on the field of play. There was even the possibility to play a two-player competitive mode, which was quite an innovative feature for its time. By today’s standards, the game looks rudimentary, but when it was released, this game was a must-have for all Reds fans. For those who like some retro-fun, it still stands up well, and there are free-to-play online versions if you search the game on Google.
Liverpool FC slot game
If the Amstrad and Atari represent the earliest days of computer games, then the online casino apps we can play on our laptops, tablets and smartphones show how much gaming has evolved in 30 years. Most of us like to spin the reels occasionally, and there is more variety in terms of which games to play and which site to use than ever. Next time you are assessing online casino options, look for a site that contains Liverpool’s very own slots game, which is called, appropriately enough, Liverpool Football Club.
Released last year by Aspect Gaming, this five reel slot boasts fifty fixed paylines. You can choose which player will represent the Wild, and he could help you towards some lucrative combos. The game is generous when it comes to free spins, and has a very healthy payback percentage of 94.24 percent. There are other football-based slots games out there, of course, but for true Liverpool devotees, there’s only one choice!
Graeme Souness Vector Soccer
Hailed at the time as the most realistic football experience you can play on screen, this curiosity certainly shows just how far gaming has come over the past quarter of a century. Lifelong Reds fans Chris and Paul provide a highly entertaining video walkthrough on the Redman YouTube channel. Their description of the game as the “worst Liverpool game ever” seems a little harsh, as this would certainly provide some great entertainment, especially when helped with a few drinks.
There are copies of the game available to buy via the usual online auction channels, but what we really need is for some dedicated fan to port the game so that we can play it online.
OK, so this is not specific to Liverpool, but it would be impossible to discuss football-based video games without mentioning the most popular and commercially successful one of all time.
One of the best things about FIFA is that you don’t have to spend large amounts of money on the very latest version in order to get a great gaming experience and take Liverpool to glory. A new version has been brought out every year since the original release in 1993, and many of the game’s aficionados rank FIFA 12 as the best version ever – take a look around your local market, second hand shop or even online, and you can pick up a copy to play on your PC, PlayStation or Xbox for mere coins.
This is second only to FIFA in terms of popularity, and it the perfect choice for those who enjoy the cerebral and strategic side of football gaming as opposed to arcade action. Again, there are numerous iterations to choose from, but aside from the level of detail and better quality graphics in the game highlights, this game has really changed very little over its long run and the overall ethos and strategy is the same today as it was way back in the 1980s.
For casual players, it’s worth seeking out one of the older versions of the game, which you can play for free online. The squad members available will match the era, so you can select whatever period you want to relive. Choose Liverpool as your team of choice and manage the squad carefully. You’ll need to make shrewd signings and rest your top players at the right time to achieve league and cup glory.
Liverpool FC Euro Penalty Challenge
Here’s a simple flash-based game from the Mousebreaker stable that you can play on your phone or laptop for free. Choose to play as Liverpool, and the AI will then perform the draw and tell you how many goals you need in order to advance. So for example, in the first round, you might face Spartak Moscow and need a minimum of three goals in six attempts in order to progress.
It’s just a case of timing to nail the penalty kicks into the back of the net and outwit the opposing goalkeeper. However, like so many other games from this developer, the simple controls and rudimentary graphics belie just how enjoyable and addictive Euro Penalty Challenge can be. Give it a try, and before you know it, the new season will be upon us!