Slapshot (Ice Hockey)

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Costs: averages 2.75 GB pounds/turn
URL: [ dead link ]
Frequency: one per two weeks
Type: Sports Simulation
Last-Update: 2001Nov13
Keywords: commercial, open-ended, email, snail, computer, modern, sports


Slapshot is a simulation of NHL Ice Hockey. You are the manager of an NHL club, taking your team through a 80 game regular season and then the playoffs, trying to reach and win the Stanley Cup.

In Slapshot we try to make the game work the same way as in real life, with realistic decisions to be made about team management. The choices you make are the same as you'd have to make in real life. Sometimes you'll have to make tough decisions, whether to sign better players, or develop your stadium and income sources to improve your future finances.

In addition to the management decisions about signing and cutting players you've also got to shuffle your lineups from game to game. You've injuries to contend with, as well as players losing form. You have to decide which players to play in which lines together, who to use in power-play situations and in short-handed situations. You also have to decide how regularly you can play your star goaltender.

Slapshot is a management game. Rather than concentrating on the "game-day" coaching aspect the focus of the game is on longer-term roster building, though there is still a significant element of control over game-day decisions.


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