Overview John Madden Football
was developed after EA saw how well Earl Weaver Baseball
did a few years before. The game was the first in the long-running Madden NFL franchise
. The game featured John Madden
on the cover however the franchise started featuring NFL athletes on the cover in 2000 on the cover of Madden NFL 2001
. John Madden Football
is also the only Madden game to release on the Commodore 64
and Apple II
No Real Teams
Although the Madden games are now known for their up-to-date rosters of real NFL teams and players, John Madden Football
did not include actual NFL teams or players because no NFL or NFLPA licenses existed for the franchise at the time. There were, however, teams that were based off of actual NFL teams.
No Season Play
Real teams weren't the only difference between this version of Madden and latter day versions; there was also no season play in John Madden Football
. The only mode of play was single games.
The game had a "blank" team that you could create from scratch and either play as them yourself or let the computer take over. You could change player numbers, names, positions, and ratings.
The game had four different field conditions options: hot, rain, snow, or cold and windy.
There were four different quarter length options: 8, 10, 12, or 15 minute quarters.
Although the game comes with two playbooks, one for offense and one for defense, there is a play creator for anybody to create there own.
Players could save their games at any time using a separate disk.
The game featured other options that disabled fatigue, penalties, injuries, cross-hair passing, or the 30 second clock.