Category Archives: Sports

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is quite popular - for reasons I understand but wish I didn't - and has a pretty big player base. However, not all is rosy in the world of FIFA Mobile Soccer because apparently a number of users is having their guest accounts reset. When you start the game, you can either make a Facebook-linked or Game center account or just go with a guest one. So, if you've had your guest account reset, all of your progress, players, money, etc has gone bye bye. This is probably not an isolated incident because FIFA Mobile Soccer forum administrator went on the forums to acknowledge the issue and offer some information on what not to do if you're affected by the issue. Apparently there's no solution yet, but there are some ways you can avoid the reset becoming permanent...

Even though I spend most of my free time writing about a ridiculous variety of iOS games, I always tend to gravitate towards a relatively basic App Store classic on the everyday commute. This game is Desert Golfing [$1.99] - while not much more than an extremely minimalist putting simulator, in practice the game is an incredibly cathartic and relaxing experience. However, with the ever-present aggregate number of strokes, Desert Golfing can become a surprisingly competitive and social App Store essential - this versatility is a major factor in how the game has become a cult hit amongst many fans. The procedurally generated nature of the title, and whether there is actually an end point to the game, is also a big driving factor behind why people keep on playing, and back in March some extremely devoted fans thought they had found the conclusion to the courses on hole number 19,491. Earlier this week such speculation has been well and truly crushed, as Twitter user AldenLudwick has found the end of Desert Golfing in the form of an impassable ocean at the 64,465th hole, which developer Justin Smith has implied is a true terminus for the game...




Let me start this review with a spoiler; for me, Sports Interactive's Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] is probably the most complicated (yet still accessible), most replayable, and most entertaining game on the App Store. This is a game that lets you play any team from over 130 leagues across the world, and all those teams have their real-life players in their roster, and each of those players has his real-life stats (as well as those can be put into numbers). And you can play with that team for season after season all the while customizing it in all kinds of ways. I'm constantly amazed at all the little things I discover in this game as I go along, features and details that make playing the game faster while at the same time giving me more ways to interact with my team, my board, my training staff, and pretty much everyone in the world of Football Manager...

I don't need to tell you how good Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is, as our superlative review and subsequent Game of the Week award emphasise how the industry veterans at Uprising Games managed to create one of the best racket sport simulators on any platform, which is highly likely to be omnipresent on many Best of 2016 lists come December. However, while those of us lucky to be within the walled garden (or is it court?) of the iOS ecosystem, our friends with Android devices haven't had the fortune to rally on their phones, at least up to now. Today, the developers have released Tennis Champs Returns on Android, and with a 75% off launch sale is an essential purchase, especially for anyone who hasn't yet played the best tennis game of the year. ..

Good news for football fans out there (and yes, football, not soccer). Sports Interactive's Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99] is finally out, so now you can go coach your favorite team on the go. FM Mobile 2017 lets you coach teams from 15 countries, with Poland and Turkey being the new countries on the block in this year's edition. You get to pick your starting eleven, make the appropriate transfers to strengthen your squad, pick your tactics, and much more. And when all is ready to go, you can watch the match in a 2D engine (although you can't watch the full match; just highlights). If you like sports management games, this is probably the best one you can get on a phone in terms of depth, refinement, and entertainment...

November has been a good month for games where you manage a football (soccer) team. First we got Sports Interactive's Football Manager Touch 2017, and this week we are getting the developer's mobile version, Football Manager Mobile 2017. Both are excellent and quite deep games, but 11x11: Football Manager [Free], which is now available globally, is offering a feature the Sports Interactive games don't have: PvP. The game has you managing your club by scouting and buying the best players you can, training them to improve their skills, and then manage tactics in-game to lead your team to glory or shame...

FIFA Mobile [Free] continues to add all kinds of events to keep players coming back to the game, and this time around it's time for the World Cup Qualifiers to visit the game. The World Qualifier Program lets you complete Qualifier Live and Flash Events to earn Tokens, which then help you complete Country Player Plans and unlock some pretty good players. Specifically, the World Qualifier Events come in two forms: Qualifier Events and Qualifier Matches. The Events are repeatable Flash Events where you can earn Flag Pieces, Flags, or Match Tickets that you can then use in completing the different Plans while the Qualifier Matches are Daily Live Events that reward you with the same stuff as the Qualifier Events...

If you enjoy playing FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free], then my guess is you do so because of the Ultimate Team part of it (rather than most of the newly-added features). Well, good news for you then because the game is now officially running its Scream Team Halloween program, which lets you earn Trick and Treat Tokens by completing Scream Team Live Events, find Halloween-themed Players items (hopefully Luis Suarez), and then complete Plans to unlock a special edition Master Elite Player item. This whole process is partly why I feel the new FIFA games have become too complex and too menu-driven for their own good, but I guess that's a discussion for another day...

New Star Soccer [Free] has always been one of my favourite games on the App Store, because its bite-sized take on football was extremely addictive and perfectly suited to mobile devices. While it was great to see the developers give it a brand new remaster that removed the tacky flash game aesthetic of the original version, there has always been the lingering question as to what New Star Games would be up to next. It seems that today we have our answer, as today the developers have released their newest entry in the 'New Star' series in the form of New Star Cricket. While it is currently only available in soft launch, and so limited to anyone in Australia and New Zealand (unless you use our guide to download games from overseas), the initial screenshots suggest New Star Cricket is the same arcade brilliance as its football predecessor, but with a cricket spin...

'Pumped BMX 3' Review - A Successful 360 Spin

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October 13th, 2016 11:05 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $3.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Game Center, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Sports
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The original Pumped BMX [$1.99] was a fun, surprisingly deep side-scrolling stunt game that combined elements of Tiny Wings [$0.99] and Trials to great success. The sequel, Pumped BMX 2 [$2.99], completely blew the first game out of the water. The highlights included a dramatically-improved presentation, a deeper trick system, and a better set of controls that made pulling off intricate maneuvers much easier. It was such a big step up from the first game that it was hard to see where the series could go in a sequel without completely tearing up the carpet. That seems to have proven true, as Pumped BMX 3 [$3.99] isn't nearly the upgrade that the second game was over the first. There are some significant additions, but nothing that really changes the game in any major way. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on how well you've enjoyed this series until now...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free], the game some have been anticipating and some dreading, is out of soft launch and is available worldwide, so go check it out (keep in mind it's taking some time to appear on all the stores). The new installment of the FIFA Mobile series has been redesigned with mobile in mind according to the developers. It's once again focused on the Ultimate Team mode and is all about quick fun. In other words, don't expect anything along the lines of FIFA 14 because you'll be disappointed. The game offers new modes like Live Events - a selection of minigames - a new Attack Mode - where you get to only Attack for a half and then your opponent gets to attack - and a few other new features...

While the console and PC versions of 2k Sports’ NBA 2k series typically enjoy some significant improvements year to year, the mobile versions are typically left to iterative improvements. Maybe it’s the lack of multiplayer or the slimmed down MyCareer mode, but each year has typically brought small, but welcome changes. Such is the case again with NBA 2k17 [$7.99], which brings to the mobile series a fresh paint job, new controls, and a streamlined MyCareer mode. For the most part, there’s no doubt the changes are for the better. The real question becomes whether it’s worth the upgrade...

If you enjoy playing NBA Live Mobile [Free], the latest update should make you happy. As of yesterday, the game has been update to reflect the 2016-2017 NBA season, and that means new courts, jerseys, and new rosters, including new rookies. The new update has also added Daily Objectives to the game and a ton of fixes to the gameplay. The most important ones are improvements to the passing game that now allow you to pass the ball around the perimeter without losing it easily, bumping into other players doesn't mean you'll lose the ball now - although the AI can still steal the ball from you - alley-oop mechanics have been fixed (which was a huge community request according to the developers), and much more fine tuning...

Soccer (or, as the majority of the world calls it, football) fills a rather large void in my life, and so any video game that tries to emulate The Beautiful Game will definitely be on my radar. While FIFA 17 may be the big event of the week, it's an update to a slightly smaller football simulator that has made me most excited over the past few days. The game, of course, is New Star Soccer [Free] - being one of the mainstays on my iPhone for years, the perpetual updates since its release on iOS back in 2012 have gone a long way to altering the experience, for better and for worse. While a transition to freemium threatened to spoil what was one of the most compulsive mobile games of recent memory, New Star Games managed to balance and improve the experience well enough that it still remains an enjoyable arcade soccer simulator in the App Store. Today, the developers have released their biggest update yet for New Star Soccer, and have provided a complete graphical facelift to bring the game firmly into 2016...

FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

There were a few late arrivals this week, and one of the biggest (both literally and figuratively) is NBA 2K17 [$7.99], which dropped earlier this morning. 2K's basketball offerings seem to be the fan favorites each year over EA's free to play NBA Live Mobile [Free] series, and this year's offering appears to be the most robust basketball offering yet. It features a revamped control scheme and support for physical controllers, and expanded MyCareer mode with an "Off-Day Simulator, more MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more", new Historic players, and an expanded EuroLeague with new teams, among other new features...

Apart from the revolutionary and platform defining success that is Hodappy Bird [Free], not much came out of the whole Flappy Bird phase, aside from an abundance of low-effort clones. Flappy Golf [Free] was the exception to the rule, however, as the combination of the simplistic flapping mechanics of the aforementioned high-scoring hit with the excellent golfing gameplay of Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], Noodlecake Studios managed to create a title that transcended its intended purpose as a parody into a fantastic game in its own right. As a result, you can forgive me for being extremely excited for the sequel, as Flappy Golf 2 promises to offer even more courses to fly your sentient ball through - however, Noodlecake have announced that the game is to be sadly delayed for a 'few weeks', and therefore missing its original Wednesday release date, to make it an even better golf flapping experience...

With Football starting this weekend, it's the perfect time to get back to playing Football games, and the two that came out this week should keep you pretty happy. PSF 2016 [$6.99] is probably the premier football manager game on the App Store. The Pro Strategy Football Series has been around for a few years, and it's the work of a single developer. Last year, he decided to make two games, one that focused on playing through a long career and one that focused more on just playing games. This time around, PSF 2016 combines both and adds new features as well. You can scout the draft, trade draft picks, run mini camps, and in general go really deep into coaching your team. And on game day, there's all kinds of real strategies, calling plays, dealing with fatigue, and so on...

It certainly is a fantastic time to be a fan of soccer (football) if you're an iOS gamer, as let alone the start of another season with its inevitable highs and lows (or just lows, if you support the wrong team), there are an abundance of new titles released to capitalise on the excitement of The Beautiful Game. Just this week we've seen EA announce a brand new FIFA game for the App Store that has polarised members on our forum thread, and a more traditional title in the form of Sociable Soccer - and this will likely only be the beginning, as new releases roll out in the coming months. Furthermore, for fans wanting their football fix right now, there are some fantastic new sales on some classics we have loved in the past, as Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99] has dropped to its lowest price of $2.99, and Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99] is now completely free to try out...

'Sociable Soccer' Is Bringing Online Soccer Arcade Action to the App Store Later This Year

After what has felt like an excruciatingly long few months, the soccer season has finally started to kick back into action. One of the best parts of becoming unfathomably disappointed by your team's heartbreaking 4-3 loss at home is that the new football year brings with it a whole bunch of new soccer games, and Sociable Soccer is one of the few upcoming ones for iPhone that has really caught my eye. Created by Jon Hare and others responsible for the legendary sports title Sensible Soccer, and quite heavily inspired by the arcade-focused, top down action of the series, spiritual successor Sociable Soccer looks to capitalise on the influx of fans looking for something to fill the midweek void when it launches later this year, and hopefully create a brilliant soccer title in an App Store that is surprisingly lacking in fantastic football games...

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