Euro Soccer, the latest soccer installment from First Touch Games, is now available from the app store. Coinciding with the big tournament, Euro Soccer brings updated rosters, crisper animations, and the same quality soccer action that makes First Touch a stand out developer.
Euro Soccer Pros:
- Beautiful presentation and natural player animations
- Soundtrack is catchy, in-game commentary is superb
- Controls are familiar and intuitive, very easy to use
- Classic Matches mode is a nice addition
- GameCenter provides global leaderboards and over 3 dozen achievements
Euro Soccer Cons:
- Doesn’t differ significantly from previous iteration
If you are familiar with the series (or most any soccer video game), you’ll recognize the typical game modes. Quick Match allows you to select two teams and jump right into a match, while Euro Tournament gives you the opportunity to see if you have what it takes to win it all against some of the world’s best. You can place teams into the four groups manually or have them automatically chosen for you. You similarly select which players you want to field at the various positions, or you can opt to have the game do so to save time. There are team management opportunities, statistics to peruse, and a number of options with which to tinker. These include difficulty level, ball type, half length, camera viewpoint, and more. In addition to these modes, there is also a Training mode to practice your skills and a Classic Matches mode with a bunch of unlockable match-ups from yesteryear.
Gameplay is akin to past iterations, which is to say that it’s some of the best soccer action available on iOS. The three corner buttons handle passing, shooting, and lobbing, with power determined by how long you hold the button and direction controlled by the floating joypad. Defensively, you can pressure the ball carrier, slide tackle, and switch players using the same buttons. The player movements are extremely natural and a variety of celebrations accompany the scoring of a goal. It’s incredibly easy to handle the ball, as the interface is very intuitive. The soundtrack fills in a bunch of great tunes over the menus, while the game audio provides the requisite effects and awesome commentary that we’ve come to expect and appreciate.
Replay value is terrific, even after the real life tournament that the game is based on has crowned its winner. GameCenter provides global leaderboards and over 3 dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $1.99, Euro Soccer is a sound 4.5-Dimple value.
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