RealSports Soccer

Platforms: Atari 2600, Atari 5200

Also Known As


Main Genre:
Visual Presentation:
Scrolling (Horizontal or Vertical)
Soccer / Football (European)


Atari 5200 version of RealSports Soccer
Atari 5200 version of RealSports Soccer
RealSports Soccer (originally released as just "Soccer") is an action game which simulates the popular sport. It was originally released by Atari in 1982 for the Atari 5200 and ported to the Atari 2600 a year later. The game features an overhead view of the field which scrolls horizontally to follow the location of the ball. Players control one player at a time on the team while the computer controls the remaining team members (the goalie is always controlled by the computer as well). For the team that currently has the ball, the player with the ball is controlled. Otherwise, the currently controlled player can be selected from any team member. Two players can play against each other or one player can play against the computer; with the latter option several skill levels are available, and the length of time for each game can be adjusted as well.

Due to differences in the controllers, the Atari 5200 has a few minor variations when compared with the Atari 2600 version. When kicking the ball, different strengths can be used which kick a short, medium, or long distance (a feature the Atari 2600 version completely lacks). Buttons on the controller keypad allow players to switch between the different kicking strengths. The Atari 5200 version also allows players to select between ground kicks or lofted kicks depending on which of the two fire buttons is pressed. In the Atari 2600 version switching between team members is controlled via the joystick button; the Atari 5200 version moves this to keypad buttons.


Platform: Atari 5200
Programmed by: John Seghers
Graphics by: Alan J. Murphy
Cover art by (original release): Steve Hendricks
Cover art by (re-release): Chris Kenyon


Instruction Manual
Atari 5200
1982 release
Instruction Manual
Atari 5200
1985 release

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