Kick Off 3: European Challenge

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Kick Off 3: European Challenge
Publisher: VIC Tokai
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Sports

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
£44.95[1] T-23086-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-23086-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-23086-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-23086-50

Kick Off 3: European Challenge is a football game developed by Steve Screech for Anco Games as a sequel to Kick Off 2 (which made it to the Sega Mega Drive in the altered form of Super Kick Off). VIC Tokai published a version for the Mega Drive in 1994.


There are roughly 2,000 frames of player animations in Kick Off 3[3].



Unlike its predecessors, Kick Off 3 had no involvement from lead programmer Dino Dini, and thus plays very differently to other games in the series, having a "horizontal" pitch as opposed to a "vertical" one. Due to these radical changes, the game was met with controversy upon release. Dino Dini released his own football game around the same time for the Amiga titled Goal!, which made its way onto the Mega Drive as Dino Dini's Soccer.

The team sought the advice of then Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan to determine where players should stand during free and corner kicks[4].

Magazine articles

Main article: Kick Off 3: European Challenge/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Magazine (UK) #11: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №151, p59[6]
71 №7, p15
81 №27, p42/43
60 №49, p118
44 №40, p51
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
5 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
KickOff3 MD EU Box.jpg
KickOff3 MD EU Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bc37401a
MD5 640b900fc064c6962dc6160b8a033bf8
SHA-1 e449cfd4f9d59cf28b4842d465022a399964d0d6
1MB 1994-09 Cartridge (EU)


  1. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 21
  2. File:CVG UK 152.pdf, page 15
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf, page 105
  4. File:MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf, page 104
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 83
  6. File:CVG UK 151.pdf, page 59