Category Archives: Sports

A bit over a year ago, I previewed an MMA Management game called Fight Team Rivals [Free] and liked what I saw. After quite a bit of time in development, the game is finally out and ready for you to test your MMA skills. Quite a bit has changed since I checked out the game, but at its core is still all about training a team of martial artists across disciplines, trying to build a strong, well-rounded gym, and picking the best tactics for the fights. The game has you taking on all kinds of event types, including single discipline tournaments, style-vs-style showcases, and even asymmetric tag-team fights. You can also take on opposing teams in Rivals mode...

'Gameday Live' Is Looking to Be the 'Clash Royale' of Football Management, Launching Worldwide Soon

For many, myself included, football (occasionally called soccer in select regions of the world) is less a game, and more an intrinsic ritual firmly embedded in everyday life. If anything's certain in this world, it's death, taxes, and Arsenal losing on a mild Monday evening. However, outside of the excellent solo experience of Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99], or the better forgotten free-to-play experiment that was last year's FIFA Mobile [Free], there hasn't been a true online soccer simulator that can help hasten the agonising wait between match days. Gameday Live, from BAFTA-winning developers Stuart Reid and Stuart Anderson at Digital Sports Arena, is looking to remedy this issue, and has turned the art of football management into what they describe as a Clash Royale [Free]-esque real time online simulator. Having soft launched in Australia, Canada and Holland back in 2016, Gameday Live is approaching its global launch in the coming months, and an official trailer gives us a good look at what to expect from this groundbreaking football title when it kicks off around the globe...




The Football Manager franchise has claimed too many happy lives in the past because not many can resist its siren-like wiles and actually stop playing long enough to sustain human relationships. Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99], the latest iteration of the iPhone version of the game, might not have the depth of its older brother, Football Manager Touch 2017, but it's still a fun version of the best sports management game on the App Store. The game is currently at its lowest price ever, so if you've been waiting for it to get cheaper, you should pull the trigger as soon as possible,..

Sometimes I see people share negative reviews of Steam games that have massive playtimes on them. They're shared in a context of this being ridiculous, that implies that the person with the negative review doesn't know quite what they want. And the people who share these seeming contradictions are often rather progressive people, sharing a rather ironically regressive view. It's a more complicated question than both parties realize. The negative reviewer perhaps should question whether the journey was worth it. But also, the critic should question just why they think it's hypocritical. Is it possible that people enjoy certain parts of experiences, but other parts become too grating over time? That, if they had the choice to take those hours back, they would have spent them differently knowing the end result? Or were the hours getting to that point worth it, even if the end was sour? This is a philosophical dilemma that deserves greater inquiry. I bring it up because I find myself quite conflicted with MLB Manager 2017 [$1.99]. It's another solid baseball simulator, but as a major baseball nerd, I find myself frustrated by so many of the little things that this game continues to not get right. Yet, I find myself more hooked on this game than perhaps any other that I come across...

This is a good week for baseball fans with so many baseball games releasing on mobile, so this has been a good week for me, one J. Carter Dotson. The latest edition of MLB Manager, the mobile baseball simulator series from baseball simulator experts OOTP Developments is now available, MLB Manager 2017 [$1.99]. The biggest new feature is the new interface. It's mostly a visual overhaul, and if you've played the Manager games before, you'll know how it feels. Yet, it feels just a bit nicer to use, the interactions are quicker, things are ordered in a way that makes sense. There's still some oddities, like tapping on a name to switch a pitcher, but you have to tap on the substitution icon for a pinch hitter. It still has that MLB Manager quirkiness, but the whole thing feels just that much more smooth and a little more streamlined, and over the dozens of hours this game is designed to encompass for players, that's a great feeling...

It's time for another season of retro baseball made modern, as RBI Baseball 17 [$4.99] is now on iOS. For the second year in a row, MLB Advanced Media has gotten the mobile version of RBI out the same day as the console versions, with most of the features at a quarter of the price! The cover athlete for the 2017 version is Corey Seager, star shortstop for the Dodgers; the user interface has gotten a fresh coat of paint. Other than that, there's not any major new features in the 2017 version at a quick glance. All 30 stadiums, and full rosters with regular updates are here, though...

'Pixel Volley' Offers Extreme and Accessible Volleyball Action, Serving Onto the App Store April 5th

There has been a recent trend in video games as a whole to take a sport at its most mundane level and then dial it up to 11, all the while adding rockets, spikes, and other precarious obstacles that turn what could otherwise be a leisurely activity into an extreme attempt at survival. Rocket League took football (incorrectly called soccer by some), added rockets, and the rest is history. Recently on iOS, Golf Zero [Free] turned the sedate and slow act of putting into maniacal platforming mayhem, and as a result received glowing praise in our recent review. Pixel Volley is looking to follow in the footsteps of these titles, and will provide accessible volleyball action with a whole host of customisable options - as well as a number of entirely lethal twists lurking around every net - when it launches on the App Store for free on April 5th...

'Golf Zero' Review - Jump and Shoot

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March 23rd, 2017 11:15 AM EST by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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I learned golf from the NES, and the SNES changed my perception of how far the concept could go. One of the most engrossing games I've ever played was Kirby's Dream Course on the Super Nintendo. I waltzed right into a Blockbuster Video one day and picked it up just because of the cover, and three days later I wasn't ready to return it...

I don't think it's a secret that ever since FIFA decided to move away from making a game about playing the actual sport, football (soccer) games on the App Store have been few and far between. Active Soccer 2 DX is definitely a pretty good one, and now we have Dream League Soccer 2017 [Free], which looks like a pretty good soccer game in the few minutes I messed with it. I didn't see a gazillion menus like in other games that shall not be named, and the actual gameplay is pretty good; the animations are smooth, the player movement is good—if a little on the slow side—and overall it looks enjoyable enough...

Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] is probably my favorite iPad game right now, and I admit spending too many hours trying to help my pretty bad Liverpool team do anything better than a 6th place finish. The developers have been fixing the game's issues in a string of updates, but the 17.3.0 update is not just about bug fixing; more importantly, it is about the big winter transfer window data update that brings the game up to date with everything that's been going on in the world of soccer. If you aren't familiar with the customary winter update, it brings the game's rosters up to date, so when you start a new game, you get the right players in the right teams. It also brings player stats up to date, ensuring that, once again, the game reflects the reality of soccer today...

It's no secret that the App Store currently lacks any good soccer games, especially after FIFA Mobile Soccer ended up being more of a card game and less of a sports game. One of the most entertaining soccer games out there is Active Soccer 2, which - shockingly - focuses on actually playing soccer, and now we just got Active Soccer 2 DX [$2.99], an improved version of Active Soccer 2 that comes with some new features and plenty of little improvements. There are some gameplay improvements like a dedicated dash button, many more teams, updates to team data and competitions to bring them up to date, classic teams addition (with the likes of Maladona and Cruiff), and more...

FIFA Mobile [Free] continues to offer event after event, and even though personally I couldn't really get into the game, I know many out there have been enjoying EA's offering. The latest event, in celebration of the Carnival, is called the Carniball. The event is running from today until March 6th, and it offers special Packs and Live Events that will offer the opportunity to unlock up to 7 Carniball Master Player Items. Opening Country-specific Party Packs will give you Mask and Confetti Tokens (appropriately) and more rarely Carniball-themed Payers. You'll open the Party Starter Pack you'll find in your collection to receive your first Carniball Broken Mask Players, and then completing their Plan will unlock a Masked version...

Earlier this month, OK Golf [$2.99] from suitably named developers Okidokico Entertainment launched on the App Store to much aplomb, being featured heavily by Apple and impressing both those with a casual experience of the sport and golfing veterans with its stunning aesthetic design and simplistic touch-centric controls. Despite the game's ingenuity, Carter stated in our review that occasionally OK Golf deviated too much from the tried and true golfing formula, and quite a few minor annoyances somewhat sullied what was an otherwise ambitious effort from the developers in standing out amongst the genre-defining efforts of Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] and others. Thankfully, the developers have taken aboard much of the criticism from the game's launch, and have submitted an update for OK Golf that should attempt to fix many of the smaller issues that some have had with the game, in the lead up to a more substantial content update next month...

Casual, mobile-friendly golf with a striking visual style is what OK Golf [$2.99] promises. It also offers up a structure and holes that are familiar to golf, but do some things that feel just a bit off from normal golf. And the controls have some issues, too. It adds up to an experience that seems really interesting at first, but over time becomes a bit sour, before a few of its quirks start to grow. Regardless, it's a decidedly imperfect game...

As much as I tried to understand what was actually going on during the Super Bowl last weekend, at the end of the day my allegiance and undying love is firmly bestowed upon football (or soccer, if you're reading from the United States or Australia). While euphoric highs are so often followed by crushing lows, nothing is more cathartic than seeing the ball rocket into the corner of the goal, and the popularity of excellent simulation titles such as Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] suggests that I am not alone in my borderline-zealous reverence for The Beautiful Game. However, on the multiplayer side of things, there haven't been many titles that have really set the App Store alight, at least beyond limited local play in something such as Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99]. Solid Soccer [Free] is determined to revitalise the stagnating genre, and offers full online tournaments with a bare bones yet intuitive focus on the basic (and arguably most important) elements of the sport. While the game first soft launched in October, today Solid Soccer has finally released worldwide for free on the App Store, so if you're a fan of the sport be sure to strap on those trainers and get stuck right into this newest football title...

It's time for Super Bowl LI, the 51st incarnation of the Big Game, as everyone who doesn't pay the NFL trademark has to call it. Coverage in the US starts at 12:50pm eastern time, with Fox having various forms pregame coverage through the afternoon, all up to the game's start time at 6:30pm eastern time (GMT-5). This year, the New England Patriots look to take their 5th Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick era, while simultaneously trying to exact revenge on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over excessive penalties in the Deflategate scandal. The awkwardness of the trophy presentation would be magnificent. Meanwhile, the Falcons come in as an underdog, but don't count them out. Their quarterback Matt Ryan was the league's MVP, their offense is explosive, and coach Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahakws in their past 2 Super Bowl appearances. The Falcons tore through the Seahawks and Packers in the NFC playoffs. Combine that with the evil empire factor the Patriots have going on, and the nation, plus fans in the stadium, could quickly get behind the Falcons in this one...

Like most other similar games on the App Store, FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is running a holiday event, and this one is called Football Freeze Program. The Program consists of two weeks of Live Events, Exclusive Plans, Special Edition Players, and more. If you go now to the Far North on the game map, you'll see a special Live Event that when completed unlocks one of 26 special Frozen Gifts (insert joke about "Let it Go"). During this holiday event, you can unlock a series of Elite Players - including Silver and Gold ones - by completing Specific Plans or buying specially marked Freeze packs (all this talk of Freeze is making me think of Mr. Freeze from the Batman movies)...

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...

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