TouchMyApps » Football http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 FIFA World Cup in Review – International ball sport for Palmela http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/fifa-world-cup-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/12/fifa-world-cup-in-review/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 10:48:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32791 EA really is and always has been one of the best game developers out there. I’ve waxed poetic before about their overwhelming success across virtually every platform available and they show no signs of slowing down yet. Their latest title that came across my iDevice is FIFA World Cup. I had seen this title at … Read more]]>

EA really is and always has been one of the best game developers out there. I’ve waxed poetic before about their overwhelming success across virtually every platform available and they show no signs of slowing down yet. Their latest title that came across my iDevice is FIFA World Cup. I had seen this title at the top of the charts at launch and instantly added it to my “must have” list. Read on to see if EA finally dropped the ball, or if they were able to get another Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaalll!!.

If you’ve played EA games before (and I would honestly be shocked if you haven’t), then you will know that when it comes to eye candy, EA has you covered. They put a lot of work into design and it shows. With  World Cup, they took their cue from the themes and colors used for the actual event. Lots of rich browns, oranges and yellows everywhere. The silhouette scenery and stencil art pops right out and makes the UI look beautiful. Everything about the design makes you think soccer and Africa (the location of World Cup 2010 is South Africa in case you weren’t aware).

When it comes to in game graphics, the stadiums and fields look perfect, players are clean and even details like player or ball shadows are spot on. Definitely a pleasure to look at.

As far as game play is concerned, EA went with the standard floating d-pad on the left and a pair of buttons on the right. Sticking with the standard allows people to feel comfortable before they’ve even played. Kudos to EA for not feeling a need to re-invent the wheel. There are lots of special moves and/or combo moves you can do (i.e. double passing) by pressing specific button combinations. It took a little bit of work at first but after awhile it was no problem at all. Controls are one of the biggest cripplers when it comes to games and I’m glad EA did it right.

Another aspect of game play that I thought was amazing was the “realism” factor. While playing you have your standard kicks to move the ball but by pressing button combos and/or by being in the right places at the right times, you’ll see your player doing some pretty crazy shots, including getting huge air to head butt the ball. Fun stuff.

Added to that, is the game commentary. Normally with sports games the commentary is a bit dry with samples duplicated too often. In FIFA  it sounds and feels just like a real game. People are excited and the action just feels so much more real than in other games.

There are 5 different types of game play available. Kick Off, World Cup, Shoot Out, Captain Your Country and multi-player (local only). Kick off is the equivalent to a play now button. Important to have, however it still takes a handful of taps and some waiting to get into the game. In my opinion play now should mean now. A minor thing, but still important. World cup is exactly that. You can either play full qualifications and playoffs or just the playoffs. Shoot out is just you taking and blocking penalty kicks. The last one though really peaked my interest. Captain Your Country allows you to play as captain of a world team. You control your character but can direct other players to pass or shoot as well. Think of it like when you play arcade basketball. You can pass to a computer controlled player on your team who will play the game, but if you want it back or want them to pass/shoot you can make them. I liked the idea of being able to represent your country (as long as they are a part of the World Cup) the chance to be patriotic adds a different level of fun to a game (unless you’re Canadian). The multi-player is local via wifi or bluetooth. Although it is fun to play against friends or family. I would have liked to see some online multi-player here.

If you are leary of brushing up against the greats, there is a training section available from the main screen. There you’ll learn all you need to know. It’s a quick, painless but thorough group of how to’s that I actually enjoyed playing through.

Similar to their other game franchise’s, there are stats, ratings and info on all teams in the game. While playing, you even get stats throughout the game (e.g. image showing the percentage of the game that the ball spent time in different zones, visuals of shots on net, etc). A lot of great extra content that is relevant to the game and useful. One omission though is online ranking or leader boards. It may not be a necessary feature, but its fun sometimes to see how you stack up against the world, and in a World Cup game, it feels like it should be there.

In the end EA has once again proven that they are one of the best developer groups out there.  FIFA World Cup is a solid game that is easy on the eyes, a joy to play and has just the right amount of content. Whether you are a soccer fan or not I would recommend FIFA World Cup to you. It’s a great game that will keep you busy for quite awhile.

App Summary
Title: FIFA World Cup™ Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.2 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $6.99 App Size: 39.4 MB
  • Beautiful design
  • Lots of play options
  • Plenty of stats and info
  • Great realism
  • No online presence (play or leader boards)
  • Not all countries represented (may disappoint some users)

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Real Soccer 2010 – new boots for a new year http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/22/real-soccer-2010-new-boots-for-a-new-year/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/22/real-soccer-2010-new-boots-for-a-new-year/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:44:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20336 Football fans have one more reason to rejoice now that the closely-knit Korean family are united as qualifiers for the first time ever in the world’s biggest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup. The other reason? Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2010 is out at the App Store and so far has sustained a fan-lined introduction. For … Read more]]>

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Football fans have one more reason to rejoice now that the closely-knit Korean family are united as qualifiers for the first time ever in the world’s biggest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup. The other reason? Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2010 is out at the App Store and so far has sustained a fan-lined introduction.

For full details, follow the jump, or visit our Press Release.

You can grab it below:

Gameloft, Real Soccer 2010, 6.99$, 114 MB
Real Soccer 2010

Press Info:
Real Soccer – the #1 soccer game on the App Store – is back for the most exciting season yet! Lead your favourite club to victory and bring glory to yournational colours as you play for the cup! The 2009 edition was acclaimed by all the press and players. With its new graphics, controls, game modes and online features, the 2010 opus is raising the stakes even higher.

Real Soccer 2010 Features
Even more content

8 leagues, 245 teams and real players’ names thanks to the FIFPro license
Voice commentary for a TV-like broadcast of the match
14 stadiums entirely modeled in 3D to the slightest detail
New online real time multiplayer

Go head-to-head with friends online (Wi-Fi) or in local mode (Bluetooth + Wi-Fi)
Take part in official matches with Gameloft LIVE! to improve your ranking
New game modes

Enter The Legend: Play as your favourite player on the field during the whole match and manage your career as a pro soccer star
Club Master: Take part in a whole season with your favourite team and strengthen it through trades
RS League: Online leaderboard to compare your performance with other Real Soccer players over the world
YouTube video upload

Upload your best replays directly to YouTube, rate the videos of the community on www.realsoccer2010.com and try to be selected for the Top 10 of the month.
Soccer RSS feed

Soccer RSS feed to get all the latest soccer scores directly from the game’s main menu.
Online update of the database

Download the most recent players database to always keep your game up to date with the latest transfer news.
Improved controls

New direction pad for a more precise soccer experience.
Easily select your player by touching him on the screen.

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Manage Your Football Club in Review – Set Piece, Shoot and Score! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/03/manage-your-football-club-in-review-set-piece-shoot-and-score/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/03/manage-your-football-club-in-review-set-piece-shoot-and-score/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 18:04:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11210 Football has fierce competition both off and on the pitch. Manage Your Football Club is part fantasy football simulator, part resource manager and part hooligan. You can get your hands dirty in any of the English football leagues from League two all the way to the top with the Premier league. If you don’t have … Read more]]>

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Football has fierce competition both off and on the pitch. Manage Your Football Club is part fantasy football simulator, part resource manager and part hooligan. You can get your hands dirty in any of the English football leagues from League two all the way to the top with the Premier league. If you don’t have time to read 15 pages of praise, then leave this review with the following: Manage Your Football Club is a triumph of immense proportions. It is thick with strategy, depth of play and excellent game mechanics. I am Grabbing it before I even start my proper review.

Before I get too far, I will have to apologise. Sports Director Ltd. have created a deep game – too deep to be properly covered in one review unless I were to write a full book. To explain every feature and even shallowly discuss strategies would careen this website off the server!

Sports Director Ltd, Manage Your Football Club, 5.99$, 2.7 MB
Soccer Manager

Football Simulator
Firstly, as a fantasy football simulator, MYFC is the most comprehensive game at the App Store. You start half-way through the year 2008 with your chosen team and go which is more easily said that done. Case in point: my first dismal season with Liverpool was a frustrating lesson in humility (in fact, so has every season been). I am not sure if it was miss-application of funds, ignorance of my players’ needs or just my inept game-playing, but my team was thrown by most of the lowest teams in the Premier League.

MYFC allows you to customise facets of your team from squad lineup, youth squad, training schedule and agenda, to game formations, contracts, employees and on and on. You are not just putting a team together and playing a bit of footy. This is from the roots, a strategic game that helps you think like a manager, not just a fan.

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You can keep track of league rankings such as Manager of the Month, Leading GoalScorers, League Tables, League Fixtures and on and on. Are you getting the drift? While there is a lot of information to digest in order to play MYFC well, the meat and potatoes of the game is your handling of three items: practice, player roster and games. Everyone will have a different strategy, but these three items are very important to learn to manage well.

For instance, each team will have its array of starting stats that will somewhat determine how well you perform. When you pull up the training menu, you can adjust items such as ’5 a side’, ‘Free Time’, ‘Tactics’, ‘Set Piece’ and ‘Formation’. Each of these is uniquely adjustable via a percentage slider which represents the amount of time in practice will be devoted to that particular item. The last two, ‘Set Piece’ and ‘Formation’ can be customised further to include specific strategic practices unique to your team.

Liverpool have been ordered to work on ‘Defending Corners’ under the ‘Set Piece’ option. It is embarrassing, but we (I said we) have taken serious shots lately from some of the more feebly stacked teams in the Premier League. In the last item, ‘Formation’, you have 10 options to choose from. Unfortunately, there is no real way to accurately place team members in the formation. MYFC does not allow you to drag and drop players into a formation. Rather, you must remember their number and plug that number into the formation. As you can imagine, there are embarrassing moments when upon entering a game, you realise that your defender is striding forward with a timid mindset.

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Individual players have their unique training schedule. Before I get into it, let me just praise MYFC’s easy to navigate menu. The game is multi-layered, massive and deep. There is so much to do, to learn and to play, yet at its heart is a rather easy-to-learn and navigate GUI system. For instance, wherever there is a loose associative link to one of my players, be it in the squad selection, practice screen or under the league menu, I can access pertinent information about him. From there, I can usually adjust components such as practice regiment, contract status, trades — the list goes on and on. What I am trying to say is that each menu item is not an island, aloof from its peers. Many are intertwined – a fact that makes learning and traversing this game intuitive.

Anyway, if you notice Torres is sucking his thumb instead of properly drilling, you can make sure to whip him into shape. Of course, depending on how hard you whip and your match results, your players are apt to respond in just turn.

The player roster is the simplest item. You can of course trade, extend, renew and terminate contracts, but those in your squad will move in and out of game-shape. Injuries, substitutions, upgrades from benchers to regulars and penalties will effect your line up. You must keep up with this evolving aspect of MYFC in order to succeed. Switching player in and out of line up is easy. Simply tap the injury or penalty and then tap the replacement. Likety-split.

As to games, there is a lot to do. MYFC will set up your league schedule, but you can make sure to get your team ready by hosting and attending friendlies, adjusting practice regimens and on and on. Every aspect of MYFC is geared to set your team up for their game performance; games are literally where everything happens. Upon commencement, you can choose to watch the entire thing — keeping up with commentsteam performance and substitutions — or you can just view the result. I will admit that the strategist in me gave over to the eager expectant. The simple choice of seeing the game to the end or checking the result can prompt different outcomes, so take care!

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When a match is completed, you will get a ‘run down’ (Shoutout to NBC’s The Office) of how both teams played. Sometimes, this will be embarrassingly revealing and at other times will prove that your strategy is solid. The results of games more than anything will keep not only your fans and players, but the board happy. The more wins you have, the more fans will attend your games and support your team. Everything stems from your success, so good luck.

Resource Manager
Secondly, as a resource manager, MYFC is simply phenomenal. If you think of resources as simply monies, then you need to tighten the screws in your head. Your players, your youth league, fans, contracts – they all contribute to your successes and failures as a manager. You cannot exceed your funds, nor can you keep your players long in unhappy or unhealthy states. You have to make sure your team is not pushed too hard and that with victories, your fans are happy. You will be compared to other managers, your team to other teams and your individual players to each other. Get ready to sell, trade, pinch those pennies and pounce on the right sale. MYFC brings out the viciousness inherent in this sport of sports.

Hooligan
Finally, Manage Your Football Club is part hooligan. Being such a deep game with many and branching avenues to explore, it is not a jump-into-it sort of game. You can plow in and mess around, but you will likely not receive accolades. MYFC takes a lot of time to learn and master. It is a compelling game of strategy and investment. I will admit to not achieving mastery yet and have been playing for a couple of weeks now. Err… well, Liverpool have still not succeeded to Premier champion. They will, but the question of when is a looming, ominous one. Setting it up is a breeze. Just enter your managerial name, select a team and go. The rest however is a thick mixture of skill, good decision making and a dose of old-fashioned luck. Grab a coffee, maybe some other uppers and go – this game will take some practice to get right. 

 

MYFC is not without its dose of humour...

MYFC is not without its dose of humour...

Misses
So what is MYFC lacking? Well, there is no game that can nail every facet right. Firstly, I started with a few different teams just to see how each performed. As it turns out, most had similar finances despite their real-life discrepancies. While altruistic to the casual iPhone gamer, this may perturb die-hard football fans. The most difficult misappropriation of a digital engine, however, is evident in the aforementioned formations. Far be it from die-hards to mistake numbers but for more casual players like myself and probably many in the App Store, this may factor in someone accidentally sending a defender left-forward. There needs to be a re-vamped formation engine in MYFC to make it a more tried-and-true sports manager. Also, a good search system might help in quickly disseminating some of the most often-used information. You also cannot select from foreign players. Trades, new players etc. – all deals are from within the League you have selected. It also would have been nice if Sports Director Ldt. had allowed for more than one profile at a time to be used. Since this is an iPhone game, I did not expect it to have the depth of its older PC brothers and sisters, however I would have expected that the above items could be addressed more smoothly.

Conclusion
Overall – what a wonderful game. Part strategy, part resource manager, MYFC is armed to the teeth with exhilarating football. It is the deepest sports manager on the iPhone platform with a studied interface and great navigation. Its only real fault is in the scope: Sports Director Ltd., designed and successfully created a massive, multifaceted gem, but their product is still rough in some areas. If you are a fan of football, MYFC is a no brainer – get it before you grow any older. Don’t bother with more reviews, this game is worth it. However, if you are a timid weekend warrior looking to score a few digital goals, you may want to look for an arcader. 

As it boils down, Manage Your Football Club is heartily grabbed by TouchMyApps.
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App Summary
Title: Mange Your Football Club (v. 1.1) Developer: Sports Director Ltd.
Price: $5.99 App Size: 2.7 MB
  • Great navigation
  • Fun, fun, fun
  • Many details for the many football fans
  • Great strategy
  • Power trip as the manager of top teams in the UK
  • Loads to do!
  • Where are the foreign kids?
  • Need better formation builder interface
  • Less annoying sounds for game-time
  • Sort of whack financing

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FantaFootball in Review: Shigzeo FC Live and Kickin’ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/13/fantafootball-in-review-shigzeo-fc-live-and-kickin/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/13/fantafootball-in-review-shigzeo-fc-live-and-kickin/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:20:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=6653 There are relatively few places in the App Store to go if you want to help your betting game when considering the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. FantaFootball, designed by Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello is a newcomer to Fantasy Football but already impresses in several areas. Before we begin, what review would … Read more]]>
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There are relatively few places in the App Store to go if you want to help your betting game when considering the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. FantaFootball, designed by Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello is a newcomer to Fantasy Football but already impresses in several areas.

Before we begin, what review would be complete without a personal anecdote? Okay, when I was a small lad till the time I was big enough to realise it was an impossibility, I dreamt of earning my cash by playing football. Yup, I thought I would be a talented player. It only took four years of league play and one more year to realise the only money I would be dealing with football would be if I became a bookie. Well, FantaFootball, may at least help me meet my betting goal as it immediately informs me how my my selected squad is doing. It is a Fantasy Football simulator which allows you to choose your lineup and watch how it competes against the established teams as well as other teams of your imagining.

From Andrea Zilio and Enrico Satorello’s Website:
The best football league all over the world, the English Premier League, has just begun and tons of fans and wannabe-coaches are ready to challenge you with goals, assists and nice performances…
This is the Fantasy Football game, this is fantaFootball!

fantaFootball, the iPhone Fantasy Football manager, includes:

Points and stats of the Season 08/09 freely available for every gameweek within 24 hours after the last match.
Player stats relative to the whole season and the last gameweek, including the number of games played, goals, votes and average votes, Fantasy Football gameweek and season points, assists, yellow and red cards and much more.
Fantasy teams management: choose your players and your line-up; fantaFootball will check your line-up and with just a “tap” it will calculate for you the points made by all your saved teams in the last gameweek.
Line-up suggestions based on past game weeks data.
Data and stats are downloaded and stored in your iPhone/iPod, so you can access them offline whenever you want!

A couple of great features pedalled by FantaFootball are the player scorecards, stat screens and easy to assemble teams.

The player queue is alphabetical, making it easy to find your man and add him to you team. If you are vacillating between a couple of players, the selection screen can be utilised to differentiate players based on salary, goals scored, penalties incurred, etc. At your fingertips, FantaFootball brings a great amount of helpful information to help you determine the best squad for your team.

Once you have completed your squad, your teams’ statistics can be retrieved, players edited and other teams made. FantaFootball essentially brings those features to the genre which is helpful for a bit of trivia, betting and fantasy. Also, as advertised, the feature of best linuep and suggestions are helpful.

The price of 2.99$ is not steep but FantaFootball seems somewhat unfinished. The addition of the following functions woul be welcome:

  1. In the player queue – a check or flag or some visual marker to show which player is already in a team of yours.
  2. Team stats versus other teams of yours and real teams – standings versus the Red for instance.
  3. Schedule to see when next Premier match will be played and by whom.
  4. Monetary total – how much your team is costing you considering FantaFootball stores salary information.
  5. Injury, Penalty, absence statistics for your team.
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For usability, I would be very happy to see at least the flag or check mark beside players who are in one of my teams and a running team standing. With those implementations or any other tweaks that the pair might bring this application, I think the App Store will have an easy to use simulator. However, there are many competing multi-sport simulators in the App Store that do at least some of what FantaFootball does and some are even cheaper. At the moment, FantaFootball brings an easy-to-use interface and clean design to the table along with a great development team who really want to create best-of-breed software. The only thing they need to elevate FantaFootball to the top is more functions. Then and only then will I start to make my easy money!

FantaFootball gets tapped by TouchMyApps.

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App Summary
Title: FantaFootball V.1.0 Developer: Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello
Price: $2.99 App Size: 0.2 MB
  • Intuitive interface
  • Easy to select Squads
  • Useful Player informatioin
  • No indication that player in squad from player selection screen
  • No standings information
  • Needs ore functions to be a gem in the store.

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Football for the iPhone: Hooliganism’s Price http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/26/football-for-the-iphone-hooliganisms-price/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/26/football-for-the-iphone-hooliganisms-price/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2009 04:11:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5716 Football doesn’t only happen to be the biggest sport the world over, it happens to be the 3rd largest religion and 2nd most powerful political movement that unites millions of people fans around this globe. However, it has not really made a big impact on the iPhone, yet.  Shane McCafferty is hoping to change than … Read more]]>
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Football doesn’t only happen to be the biggest sport the world over, it happens to be the 3rd largest religion and 2nd most powerful political movement that unites millions of people fans around this globe. However, it has not really made a big impact on the iPhone, yet.  Shane McCafferty is hoping to change than and has brought the Premier League to our hands and what more would we really want?

I downloaded all four of the originally released teams:  Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Arsenal but spent meaningful time only with Liverpool.

Shane’s engine is very clean and easy to navigate with excellent touch buttons and links.  He even incorporates an internet browser, making checking BBC status pages easy and intuitive.  There is no clutter, no music and after taking all the features into account, no real reason to pay 3.99$ for this app.

Why do I say that?  Simply put, this app is a BBC front end.  Whether you buy this app or you connect via a BBC bookmarked page, you need internet connection.  If you have an iPod Touch, you will have to use WiFi to get updates for this app and if you have the iPhone, you will either have to have WiFi or be out with a 3G or 2,5G connection.  The only thing this does better than a BBC bookmark is save the information to the iDevice for later viewing, but it is not much of an incentive.  There is not really anything left to say.

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So, for 3.99$ you get:

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And for Free you get:

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There just is not enough of a reason to download this 3.99$ for even one of your favourite teams.  Sadly, football is tarnished again by greedy marketing – another reason to go hooligan on someone.

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