Jul 7, 2014
The FIFA World Cup leads to a heightened interest in soccer and Android developers are looking to cash in on the world’s newfound soccer fandom. A wealth of new soccer apps and games has popped up on the Google Play Store. Developer Digital Artists is taking it a step further by integrating one of the world’s most popular athletes into its game, Cristiano Ronaldo Footy.
Cristiano Ronaldo Footy is an arcade soccer game with RPG elements. Despite obviously drawing inspiration from popular arcade sports titles of the past, Cristiano Ronaldo Footy is clearly a game aimed at the youthful soccer fan. While children may find pieces of the game enjoyable, it is mostly an experience unworthy of Ronaldoâ€™s name.
Players will immediately notice Ronaldoâ€™s presence in the title is more gimmick than substance. CR7 will guide players through the menus initially, but there isnâ€™t much beyond that to establish the Ronaldo branding.
There are two modes of play in Cristiano Ronaldo Footy. The gameâ€™s campaign mode offers players a series of increasingly difficult “challenges” that merely consist of beating a team that is better than the last. However, it takes little skill to beat opposing teams at the start of the campaign and the difficulty only slightly increases as players advance. Defeating opponents quickly becomes a boring exercise offering little reward.
Users can also challenge their friends in multiplayer battles, which make for much more compelling matches.
Teams are made up of only four generic players, including one goalkeeper. Rather than providing a full RPG experience, the game takes a more simplistic approach. Individual athletes do not have skills and progression attached to them, but instead, the user earns experience points by beating opposing teams. Progression is divided up into experience points, coins, and rubies. New jerseys, shorts, and shoes will be available to purchase using rubies as players level up. Purchasing new kits will immediately improve the athletes on the squad.
While it is possible to play the game without spending money, funding through microtransactions grants players rubies and coins that can in turn unlock improved abilities and more stylish kits quicker.
On the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo Footy delivers a quick mobile experience. Matches take only a few minutes each and there is no time to relax. In fact, the action is too fast paced. After scoring a goal, the ball randomly appears at midfield, up for grabs for any player standing near it.
Passing is game of chance as opposing players are likely to steal the ball away. Scoring goals is as easy as dribbling through opponents on the field and putting the ball in from a short distance. Beating the other team is more of a math formula than skill based. A.I. goalkeeper teammates will seemingly always stop the first few shots from the other team, so winning boils down to getting more shots on goal than the opposition. Powerups that can be bought in-game using coins add new ways to stop opponents or get the ball in the net.
Cristiano Ronaldo Footy is an obvious attempt at cashing in on World Cup fever, which is a shame considering it is attached to the one of the sportâ€™s brightest stars. Ronaldo may be one of the best soccer players in the world, but that success does not translate to Cristiano Ronaldo Footy.
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