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Date: 12 September, 2003
A sports-themed selection of games for September
as chosen by Steve Couch. All are available to play online for free, without any
need to register with the host sites.
games require your browser to have a plug in for Shockwave. You can
download this for free here
Weve selected games that we judge are also OK for the children we know,
but if you are a parent, please dont take our word for it - standards vary!
We advise you to try the game and the site its on first before letting your
kids loose on it, to make sure youre happy. (And, dont forget, you
can also find three great games for kids in our own Global
play a game, simply click on its name
gives way to autumn and another football season takes over our televisions, so
our thoughts turn to another batch of sport-themed games. Plenty here for lovers
of the beautiful game, plus a few alternatives for those looking to avoid it.
Cup Soccer 2002
A fairly long load time, but plenty of options once you
get there. Choose your team and opponents, select a formation and control the
action in a scrolling simulation of the big matches.
For the less energetic, a good recreation of the much loved bar-football.
There are only two players to each bar, rather than the classic 2-5-3 formation,
and you have no choice but to play as USA, but there is a choice of levels, and
the gameplay is satisfying. Good fun.
Joe's Soccer Shootout
Take penalties and score as many as you can past
the goalkeeping monkey. Unlike many penalty shootout games, this doesn't depend
on getting your timing right as a power bar scrolls up and down. Instead, you
simply click on different parts of the football to send it left or right, high
or low. Very simple, but good fun.
of fun to be had customising your player (choose hairstyle and colour, team and
kit, even skin tone and how much body hair you have). Once you've done all that,
keep moving and clicking with the mouse to stop the ball from hitting the ground.
a game so much as a football based quiz, but nicely done. Score a goal by correctly
answering two football trivia questions in a row. If you get two wrong in a row,
you concede a goal. A variety of 'Millionaire' style lifelines are available,
but at the end of the day, it all comes down to your footy knowledge. The game
is updated daily, so you shouldn't find the same questions coming round over and
A free-kick simulation, where you try to curl it round the wall
and beat the keeper as many times as possible before time runs out. There are
a lot of games like this around, but this is one of the better ones. The connection
with David Beckham is rather spurious - he doesn't seem to feature in the game
and the only link is that he takes a good free kick. Never mind though, this is
worth a look.
More closely linked with Real Madrid's latest acquisition,
this gives you the chance to put David through his paces in a fitness workout.
There's no skill or game play involved, just laughing at the poses of an anonymous
body with Beckhams famous features superimposed onto it.
where would football be without pubs? And where would pubs be without darts? That's
all the excuse we needed to include this Darts game. Start at 501 and get to zero
in as few darts as possible. The system for aiming is straightforward enough that
you have a degree of control, and finely tuned enough that it still presents a
challenge. It would be good if this offered the chance for two players to compete
head to head, but it's still worth a look.
a sporting winter means the oval ball rather than the round, this could be the
game for you. There are clues that this game began in America rather than a Rugby
playing nation (there's talk of getting the ball into the endzone, and the terms
such as try and conversion are nowhere to be found) but this is still good. It's
more like a mini version of Rugby sevens (but with three players on each team)
and the action is fairly continuous as you block, pass, run and kick your way
through the levels.
Strap on your skates and take to the ice
for this good Hockey simulation. The controls take a little getting used to, but
are worth persevering with. This gets the balance between being too easy and too
hard just about right, and all that's missing from the true Ice Hockey experience
is the hot dogs and violence.