Flick Soccer! is Full Fat Games’ latest app store release, bringing the same awesome physics-bending fun we’ve enjoyed on the links to the pitch for this go-round. Using targets, bonuses, and a variety of game modes, Flick Soccer! has plenty of enjoyable content to keep us bending it like Beckham for months to come.
Flick Soccer! Pros:
- Multiple game modes to keep gameplay fresh
- Intuitive and addictive swipe controls that give you full control over the ball’s flight path
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
Flick Soccer! Cons:
- Occasional lack of responsiveness when swiping
Flick Soccer! has a lot in common with another app store fav from the same developer, Deadball Specialist. While Deadball offers a few fun modes to play and a cool control method, Full Fat offers nearly twice the content while including its addictive afterflick controls to give the player an even greater feeling of control over his fate. The included modes are: Quick Shot, Endurance, Challenge, Crossbar, and Smash It! Quick Shot gives you one minute to score as many points as possible by scoring goals and hitting the moving target. You can earn an additional 1, 2, or 3 seconds of play time for hitting the target rings, with the center ring earning the most time and biggest score. As time passes, the target shrinks and the goalie gets more aggressive in his attempts to block the kick. Endurance gives you 3 balls to flick at the moving target, while adding a couple of extra defenders. Each ring of the target scores 1, 2, or 3 points. If you hit the target, you keep your ball. Each missed goal or blocked shot will cost you a ball. You can earn additional bonuses that double your score or earn an extra ball by kicking your shot through the moving bonus icons. This mode is untimed, so you can line up shots or wait for your best opportunity if you’re patient.
Challenge mode brings 5 pre-determined target locations and asks you to hit them closest to the center to exceed point thresholds and earn bronze, silver, or gold trophies. There are 5 difficulty levels that differ both in the scores needed for each threshold and the number of defenders present to thwart your efforts. Crossbar tasks you with repeatedly banking the ball off of the crossbar in 60 seconds to earn big points. Bonus indicators will slide along the bar as well, giving you a significant point boost or extra time if you manage to hit them. Smash It! gives you 5 goals blocked by glass panels. The first is a single pane of glass, the second is made of two panes, the third contains four panes, and so on. You must break all of the glass to move on. The key is to hit corners and edges, as you can break multiple panes at once. This mode is timed and the faster you destroy all of the glass, the better your overall score. Defenders do their best to prevent you from completing the task quickly.
The gameplay is easy to jump in and out of, and the one-more-try factor is in full force. Graphics are good without being groundbreaking, offering a nice view of the goal with goalies and defenders who do attempt to defend the goal. The ball and player animations are smooth and the flicking action is easy to control. The soundtrack plays over menus, dropping out during the game in favor of whistles, crowd cheers, and various sound effects when the ball finds its way into the goal or off the crossbar. Controls require you to swipe the ball in the desired direction, then swipe while in mid-air to bend it around players and toward the moving targets. We did have some occasional unresponsiveness that required a reswipe or two to set the ball in motion.
Replay value is terrific, as all 5 modes reward high scores which can be achieved by practicing and playing over and over again. GameCenter integration brings global leaderboards and achievements into the mix for added value. At a launch price of $0.99, anyone who enjoys flicking sports should snag this 4.5-Dimple stud today.
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