As Sensible Soccer's long-overdue rebirth continues apace, Tower Studios and Kuju Entertainment have revealed the first tantalising details of the mobile phone version of the all-time footy classic.

Due for release at the end of this month, it was confirmed yesterday that the conversion will sport "all the original features that made Sensible Soccer such a massive hit with the press and public alike", including a choice of over 50 International teams, individual player skills for over 800 players, team tactics and squad selection (series 60 only), customisable friendlies, cups and leagues, yellow cards, red cards, and injuries, "fast, frenetic football action" and "the most sublime, intuitive and playable control system".

Not being ardent mobile gamers (we love our GBAs, sorry), we're not entirely sure how you'll actually be able to buy the game, or even how much it will cost. We do know you need a Java enabled handset, but that's about it. We're a bit rubbish at these things, but in this case we'll endeavour to find out. Anyway; good news, no? We'd be even more excited if they brought it out on GBA...

We collared Sensible design legend Jon Hare for a brief play on this mobile-ised Sensible Soccer at the recent EGN trade event, and came away impressed with the faithful graphical representation but wondered whether we'd be able to cope without the presence of a diagonal control. Hare reckoned "you get the hang of it". We await to find out.

In the obligatory press release Hare added: "This is a great opportunity for us to bring Sensible Soccer to old and new fans alike. The key to Sensi Soccer is its addictive playability and its appeal to all people who love great games." We love it so much, we actually bought an Amiga 500 off Ebay last week for twenty quid. They really do rule, as long as you ignore the awful 3D attempts and stick to the likes of Alien Breed, Kick Off 2 and the like.

As a footnote to all you retro gamers out there, we also got wind that Tower Studios (made up of ex Bitmap Brothers) is bringing Speedball to the mobile phone... More news when we get it.

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