Category Archives: Sports

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 EDT 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...

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...

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