PocketSports Football needs more practice

Aug 23, 2009
Games

Blitz Football Pro, are entertaining but incorporate only field-goal kicking or quarterback challenges for the sake of setting high scores. PocketSports Football is a more ambitious game. The full version costs $4.99. A free version is available, but lacks League Play, which is by far the most fun. To get into the action, players can […]

Blitz Football Pro, are entertaining but incorporate only field-goal kicking or quarterback challenges for the sake of setting high scores. PocketSports Football is a more ambitious game. The full version costs $4.99. A free version is available, but lacks League Play, which is by far the most fun.

To get into the action, players can chose one, two, or three-minute quarters. They also can pick one of two control modes to move the player. Tilt control, which I found to be mildly frustrating at first, links the ball-carrier’s movement in the direction the device is titled. As a long-time gamer, I prefer using “touch control” mode, which uses a joystick-like directional pad that is more familiar and is easier to handle. Pregame warm-ups allow users to practice field goals and familiarize themselves with controls.

The offensive and defensive playbooks are underdeveloped — with only 16 plays each  — not including computer-performed punting. PocketSports Football does not have an in-game save option, a feature the season-long League Play version desperately needs.

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Stephen Danos

Stephen Danos is the Associate Editor for appoLearning.com, AndroidApps.com, and Appolicious. He has contributed to articles published on TechCrunchThe Chicago Sun TimesThe Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

He received his BA in English from the University of Iowa and MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and Gravitational (The New Megaphone, forthcoming).

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