I first played Joe Montana Football in college my freshman. Let’s just say that I didn’t get much homework done that first year. The easy controls and fast learning curve made picking the game up very easy. I was able to dominate on offense and defense after a short time and the game became very enjoyable. The ease of play allows you to take your favorite hometown team and turn it into a Superbowl champion.
The run plays are easy to execute and if you work at it enough you can juke the computer with a quick diagonal move.
It can be difficult to complete a bombб but you can surgically strike your way down the field and pile up first downs pretty easily. The graphics are pretty simple compared to today’s standards but this allows you to see what is going on instead of getting overwhelmed by the visual overstimulation. In terms of sound effects the game does leave a lot to be desired, with only a cheap “hike” and some crowd cheering, but this is made up for in game play. The play calling is easy to do and execute on both defense and offense for all of the plays, but I usually would end up running the same sweep play and screen pass to rack up a lot of yards.
me take a moment to describe a very entertaining side game that I made up that any other statistically hungry geeks like myself might be interested in. I would start with my favorite team in practice mode and run the sweep play to the bottom of the screen. I would run this play 20 times and keep track of the lengths of the runs. I would total this and it would be the total number of yards that my running back would get for a game. If this total exceeded 100 yards I would say that my team won the game.
I did this for 16 games beforehand deciding that 10 wins would give me a playoff birth 11 wins would give me a bye and 12 wins would give me homefield advantage throughout the conference playoffs. In the playoffs I would say that 120 yards would win a Wild Card Game, 140 would win a division game, 160 a conference championship and 180 yards the SuperBowl. I can safely say that I spent much of my time with Joe Montana football doing this very thing.