Besides the more famous Hi-Res Adventure games from Ken and Roberta Williams’ On-Line Systems (later Sierra On-Line), the company also released a few sports titles in the Hi-Res series in 1980-81.
In May of 1980 when Roberta Williams pulled out a full-page advertisement for Mystery House in Micro 6502 Magazine two sports games were featured as well. While the two titles, Skeetshoot and Trapshoot were developed by a third party they showed that On-Line Systems were willing to expand their portfolio of games right from the getgo.
Skeetshoot and Trapshoot quickly faded away but it wouldn’t take long before another sports game saw the light of day.
Hi-Res Football was created by founder, Ken Williams and developer Jay Sullivan.
It was, as the name applies, an American Football game featuring both single and two-player modes. In single-player, you were playing against the computer, while in two-player you could enjoy the game with a friend.
The game was a pretty simple real-time sports action game where you had control of both the offensive and defensive plays, featuring actions like runs, passes, kicks, etc.
The graphics were pretty simple but it did feature a great title screen, very much in the same style as many of the other early Hi-Res releases.
One of the very first titles by On-Line Systems, Hi-ResFootball developed by Ken Williams and Jay Sullivan.
Hi-Res Football was released in 1980 and only for the Apple II
The year after, in 1981 Hi-Res Soccer was released, for the Apple II, this was also done by Ken Williams and Jay Sullivan. It played a lot like Hi-Res Football but of course featured soccer instead.
Ken Williams and Jay Sullivan went on to create Hi-Res Soccer in 1981, like Hi-Res Football it was only released for the Apple II
Jay Sullivan went on to create CrossFire for On-Line system in 1981 – and ported the 1982 title Ultima II – Revenge of the Enchantress for the PC in 1983. Below a few different releases of Crossfire from my collection.
If you look closely at the Hi-Res Football label on the disk you will see that the label is on top of a white label, this is something I have seen a few times on these early items. Years back I carefully removed a golden label just to examine the label underneath – the discovered label was a label from the disk manufacturer, my guess is that in the process of getting these games out the door the golden label (in this case) was just put on top of the “manufacturer” label – removing these old golden labels might cause damage to the label, the smallest of creasing will be visible and can’t be flattened out without leaving marks.