Kick Off 3: European Challenge

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Kick Off 3: European Challenge
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: VIC Tokai
Sound driver: UniSound v1.1 (Ash Hogg)
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Italiano
  • Español
  • 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

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    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

    Print advert in Sega Magazine (UK) #11: "November 1994" (1994-10-xx)
    also published in:

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    90 [6]
    71 №7, p15
    81 №27, p42/43
    60 [7]
    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)


    Kick Off 3: European Challenge
    KickOff3EuropeanChallenge MDTitleScreen.png

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