Match Day II is an all action arcade soccer simulation featuring variable strength volleys, lobs, backheels and ground shots, jumping headers, barging, diving keepers, variable tactics and the highly accurate diamond deflection system. You may compete against your friend or against a computer team; alternatively you and your friend may team up against the computer.
Match Day II also features a league championship, cup competition, user definable keys and lots, lots more!
To get started quickly, load the game and press CBM-key three times. This will get you onto the pitch, and you may now start playing. The game may be played using a joystick or the following keys:
[CRSR LEFT] - left
[CRSR RIGHT] - right
[F1] - Up
[F3] - Down
[F7] - Kick/Jump
THE MENU SYSTEM
Use any key other than CBM to move the cursor. Use CBM to select the entry indicated by the cursor. Please note that when the instructions refer to TEAM 1 they mean the team that starts at the left hand end.
This menu only appears when you first load the game, so try not to make any mistakes as it will mean you have to reload it.
(a) One joystick in port 2 - Selected if only one joystick is used. If two player game is then selected, player two will have to use keys (see keys menu).
(b) Two joysticks - Selected when both, player one and player two will be using joysticks.
(c) No joysticks - Selected when no joysticks at all are available. Both players will have to use keys (see keys menu).
Near the bottom of the screen. the last result is displayed.
(a) 1 PLAYER MATCHDAY You play soccer against the computer.
(b) 2 PLAYER MATCHDAY You and a friend play against each other.
(c) TWIN PLAYER MATCHDAY You and a friend team up against the computer.
(d) MATCHDAY CUP You and up to seven friends may take part in a three round cup competition.
(e) MATCHDAY LEAGUE You and up to seven friends may take part in a league championship.
(f) KEYS AND OPTIONS Access numerous options and facilities.
Before you kick off each half, you may use the handicap system. (Not available for cup or league matches.)
(a) START HALF - Kick off.
(b) SCORE TEAM ONE 0 - Give team 1, goal advantage.
(c) SCORE TEAM TWO 0 - Give team 2, goal advantage.
This menu may be selected only during the match by pressing [RUN/STOP].
(a) RETURN TO MATCH - Restart the game.
(b) QUIT MATCH Quit - Quit match and return to main menu.
(c) TACTICS SELECTION - Select tactics menu.
KEYS AND OPTIONS MENU
This is accessed from the main menu.
(a) QUIT MENU - Return to keys and options menu.
(b) MATCHDAY OPTIONS - Access various match options.
(c) PLAYER 1 KEYS - Access the user definable key menu for player one.
(d) PLAYER 2 KEYS - Access the user definable key menu for player two.
(e) TEAM NAMES - Change the team names.
(f) TACTICS SELECTION - Select tactics menu.
(g) COLOUR SCHEME - Select team and pitch colours.
MATCHDAY OPTIONS MENU
Each option in this menu may be selected, and then changed by pressing ENTER.
(a) QUIT MENU - Return to keys and options menu.
(b) SOUND LEVEL - (HIGH/LOW/OFF)
(c) TIME EACH HALF - (5/10/15 MINUTES)
(d) KICKOMETER - (ALL/FWD/HARD/II/III) See the paragraph on the kickometer for a full explanation.
(e) COMPUTER MATCHES - (UNATTENDED/ATTENDED) Decide whether to watch games you are not taking part in.
(f) COMPUTER SKILL - (LOW/MEDIUM/HIGH).
(g) KEEPER 1 - (HUMAN/COMPUTER) You may delegate control of your keeper to the computer.
(h) KEEPER 2 (HUMAN/COMPUTER).
PLAYER 1 & 2 KEYS MENU
It is important to utilise this function properly - please read the screen prompts.
Step (a): Move cursor to highlight the required control on which the keys are to be changed.
Step (b) Press CBM (clears all current keys).
Step (c) Press all keys required for control (they will be printed on the current line as they are pressed). If you want to use the CBM key then press it first. N.B. If you accidentally press the wrong key at this point, go on to step (d) and then
back to (b). (This involves pressing CBM twice).
Step (d) When all keys are selected press CBM.
Step (e) If you want to change more controls then start again at
Step (a), otherwise move the cursor to QUIT MENU and press CBM to return to the keys and options menu.
The default controls have been defined as follows.
In two player mode, if both players are using keyboards:
LEFT - Left cursor key
RIGHT - Right cursor key
DOWN - F3
UP - F1
KICK/JUMP - F7
LEFT - Arrow
RIGHT - 1
DOWN - S
UP - E
KICK/JUMP - Space
In two player mode, if player 1 is using a joystick in port 2:
PLAYER 2 keys
LEFT - Arrow
RIGHT - 1
DOWN - L
UP - P
KICK/JUMP - Space
The Commodore joystick ports are interactive with the keyboard. When 1 or 2 joysticks are selected certain keys are not available.
TEAM NAMES MENU
You may change any of the eight team names by moving the cursor, pressing CBM, and then typing your new team name. Press CBM again when you have finished. The top menu option is QUIT MENU, and this will return you to the keys and options menu.
TACTICS SELECTION MENU
QUIT MENU - This will return to either the pause menu or keys and options menu.
TEAM 1 - (ATTACKING/DEFENSIVE) Push your men up front to go for goal or pull them back to shore up your defence.
TEAM 2 - (ATTACKING/DEFENSIVE).
MATCHDAY CUP & LEAGUE MENUS
This menu for cup & league competitions are fairly similar and will be dealt with together. At the top of each menu, just under the heading, the next fixture is printed. If there is no fixture then the competition has ended and you will have to start a new one.
Near the bottom of the screen is the CUP/LEAGUE CODE NUMBER. This changes as you progress through a competition The number may be typed back in at a later date to restore the current position in the competition. The computer skill level only sets the minimum level for cup and league matches, i.e. during the cup semi-finals the minimum skill level will be MEDIUM and during the final it will be HIGH. In the league championship different teams play at different skill levels. Please note that if the result of a cup game is a draw after extra time, you will have to play a replay.
PLAY FIXTURE - Play the current fixture. When the game has finished, the cup/league table is shown; pressing any key at this stage will return you to the main menu. This means that you may intermix league, cup and friendly matches.
(Comp Vs. Comp / Comp Vs. Human / Human Vs. Comp / Human Vs. Human / 2 Humans Vs. Comp / Comp Vs. 2 Humans)
You may select what teams you wish to control, and even change your mind mid-competition. If Comp V Comp is selected, they will not be shown unless you have changed the COMPUTER MATCH option (Matchday options menu) to ATTEND. If you do not watch, you will be shown the cup/league table immediately.
VIEW CUP/LEAGUE TABLE - This will display the appropriate table.
START NEW CUP/LEAGUE - This will wipe all results in the current competition and start a new one. A new random draw is made in the case of cup competitions. The cup/league table will be displayed after this.
START OLD CUP/LEAGUE -
Access the menu that permits you to type in an old code number.
QUIT MENU - Return to main menu.
START OLD CUP/LEAGUE MENUS
QUIT MENU - Return to cup or league menu
Selecting this will produce a screen prompt and a cursor. Type in a previously written down code number and if you get it correct you will be shown the appropriate table before returning to the cup/league menu. If you mistype it, a screen prompt will inform you and give you a chance to have another try.
PLAYING THE GAME
Deadball situations(Centres, throws, corners, goal kicks)
The player taking the kick/throw will automatically run to the ball. Pressing the fire key sends the ball to one of nine positions. The positions are selected by pressing the joystick the way you want the ball to go. For instance, at a centre taken by the left team, pressing the joystick right will result in a long kick to the right, pressing left results in a short kick, pressing up sends the ball to the far side of the pitch, pressing down to the near side, etc. A different set of nine is provided for each deadball situation. Please note that the kickometer
has no effect on these kicks and throws.
Controlling a player
You have control of the player in the best position to get the ball. When the ball is kicked you gain control of the player nearest to the landing spot. However, when control swaps from one player to another, you will, for a short time, control both players to give you a better chance in the case of a rebound. The player you control will have a miniature copy of the kickometer just above his head.
If the ball hits your player below his knees, he will gain possession. This means that your player will automatically dribble the ball. Please note that a player will run slower while he is in possession. To gain possession of the ball, you
must judge its path and time your interception so that the ball arrives at your feet. To trap a bouncing ball, you must keep your eye on its shadow and stand where you estimate the point that the ball and shadow will meet (i.e. where the ball bounces).
Note that the size of the ball's shadow changes according to its height.
The kickometer determines the kick pressure, where III is very hard, II is medium, I is very soft and -1 is a backheel. The range of the meter may be altered from the MATCHDAY OPTIONS menu.
(a) All kicks - All forward kicks and the backheel
(b) Fwd kicks - All forward kicks (default value)
(c) Hard kicks - The meter just uses II and III
(d) Kick II - The meter is fixed at II
(e) Kick III - The meter is fixed at III
Please note: when you play twin player matchday, the two players under control are indicated by two different miniature kickometers. Player two controls the man with the double kickometer.
Kicking the ball while in possession
Pressing fire while in possession will kick the ball. If your player is standing still, he will kick along the ground; if he is running, he will do a lob. The final pressure is determined by the kickometer.
Locking the kickometer & volley shots
If you press and hold your fire key, you will lock the kickometer reading for your team. This means that if your player contacts the ball, he will instantly volley the ball. The volley is a low, hard shot ideal for shooting at goal. The final pressure of the shot is determined by the locked kickometer (shown above your player's head).
If the ball is above waist height, and fairly near your player, he may jump by pressing the fire key. While in the air, he is out of your control.
The keeper will automatically get in a good position to save any possible shot. You get control of the keeper if the ball is coming towards the goal. Pressing the fire key will make the keeper dive. Pressing up on the joystick will dive him towards the far post, pressing down, towards the near post, and he will jump straight up if thejoystick is left in the middle. If playing twin player matchday, control of the keeper always goes to player one. When you get control over the keeper, you retain control over the nearest player. It is possible to delegate control of your keeper to the computer - this is done on the MATCHDAY OPTIONS menu.
You may shoulder barge players to force mistakes. However, when playing the computer team on the HIGH skill level, you will find they are very good at holding their ground and even barging back.
Diamond deflection system (DDS)
The DDS has been incorporated to provide maximum realism when the ball deflects from a player. In practice, the ball responds not only to the angle the player is standing and the ball direction, but also to the direction he is moving, including if he is jumping, and also detects his forehead for extra control.
HINTS AND TIPS
Use 2 PLAYER MATCHDAY to get the hang of passing and receiving the ball and to test the various corners, centres, goal kicks and throws. To keep track of the ball while it is in the air, it is important to keep your eye on its shadow. When using the kickometer on ALL KICKS, try locking it on backheels when you run into a tackle.
Use the Diamond deflection system to knock the ball on to others on your team. Get used to using volleys - in particular, you may move into attack very quickIy using volleys and a zig-zag route up the field.
For the ultimate challenge, play the computer team with skill set to HIGH, the kickometer set to ALL KICKS or FWD KICKS, the computer tactics set to ATTACKING and your keeper control set to HUMAN.
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Written by Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond
Music and sound effects by Guy Stevens
Produced by D C Ward
(c) 1987 Ocean Software Limited