Kick Off 2 is the sequel to Dino Dini's Kick Off, one of the most appreciated soccer sims of the '90s. Developed by Anco Software, it was published in 1990, one year later the first game, for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and other platforms.
Legendary designer and developer Dino Dini created Kick Off in 1989 originally for the Atari ST. It was the first soccer game that can be considered a simulation, featuring tactics, players attributes and transfers. But most importantly it introduced a new way to control the ball, that was not magically stuck to the player feet but had to be 'kicked'. Kick Off 2 added a few improvements, including replay and full league tournaments. The learning curve is steep but the game is really satisfying once you know how to master the moves, including the famous after-touch. Kick Off 2 also featured 24 referees, each one with his own personality.
All of this, and much more, made Kick Off the best soccer sim for the Amiga and Atari ST, a title that the game kept until the release of Sensible Soccer. But some people still consider Dino Dini's creation a superior game.
Kick Off 2 is still actively played and there is a World Cup every year. The 2016 World Cup was held in Milan, while the 2017 version will take place in Landskrona, Sweden.