Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and since the advent of channels such as Sky Sports, it has become much simpler to get engrossed in a match. However, the experience of watching a match is far from perfect – enter your phone, and this selection of apps and games which is sure to make any soccer fan drool!
In essence, soccer is a simple game to play and enjoy. But for those of us who want to do more than scratch the surface of the beautiful game, statistics galore and in-depth information of each player can almost become a necessity before sitting down to watch a game. This is where the apps below should help, allowing you to do everything from play a match of soccer yourself to getting live score updates as they happen.
Sports games used to be better. Somewhere along the way, despite tremendous popularity of simpler titles like NBA Jam, Sensible Soccer, and Tecmo Bowl, the genre became obsessed with simulation. Developers stopped focusing on fun approximations of real life in favor of being as lifelike as possible — no matter how inaccessible and confusing it may be to the majority of potential players.
But there are those who are fighting back, creating sports games with uncomplicated controls, fewer obstacles to enjoyment, and more arcade-style action. Super Soccer Champs 2013 is one such effort, drawing on the legacy of Dino Dini’s Goal! and Sensible Soccer to provide a delightful, nuanced, two-button top-down soccer game.
Football Manager Handheld 2012 is a football management simulation game for mobile devices. The premise is simple; select and manage a real football (soccer) team from any of the top leagues and steer them to glory.
The game attempts to be as realistic as possible and includes as many aspects of the real world as it can, from over-demanding club owners and contract negotiations to player sales and handling the media. The game did raise a few eyebrows when it was released – most notably due to the relatively high price – so the question remains: is it worth it? Read on for some analysis…
Ah, the ripple of the net, muddy knees, brutal tackles, managers who only wore tracksuits, positions like ‘inside-left’ and ‘wing-half’, the League Cup was called the ‘Milk Cup’ and Match of the Day highlights were carefully recreated down the park the day after. We’re talking deep-rooted 70s and 80s British nostalgia in rolled down socks and a fistful of Panini stickers. If all this means anything to you, Flick Kick Football is like a delicious shot of yesterday’s best-bits. If however, you’re feeling suddenly alienated and scratching your head at these obscure and nonsensical British idioms, you must allow me to explain. Either way, you really should read on…