LED Football Review

LED Football Review

May 7, 2012

Remember back in the day when there weren’t fancy high resolution screens on portable devices? Before CDs were around, portable games did exist. The original handheld Football game was released around 1977. They were simple in theory but challenging when played. LED Football is a game made for Android to replicate one of the first portable football games ever and to be honest, it’s pretty spot on with all of the details.

When starting out, it may take a couple minutes of plating with the controls to figure out what does what. There are only a few buttons, here is what they do:

  • ST/K – Start the play or kick off.
  • Orange Arrow – Move player/the ball down the field.
  • Red Up and Down Arrow – Move player/the ball side to side on the field.
  • 1 or 2 Players Switch – Choose 1 or 2 player mode.
  • Easy or Hard Switch – Choose the difficulty.

That’s all there is to the controls. There isn’t a way to plan plays or substitute players. No cheerleader cut-scenes. LED Football is a barebones classic football game from the era of Pong and Tank Brigade for the the Atari 2600.

A couple other nice touches in LED Football to make it feel more like the handheld game are when the Android menu button is pressed. There is an option to “flip” the device to see the back. There is a battery door and a sticker with the instructions to play. Reset the simulated plastic button wear is just like the original game. When it is played a lot, the buttons wear and the writing is hard to see. Replace the battery is like pulling the battery and restarting the game. All of the LEDs flash and the game resets just like if the batteries were pulled in the real game . In the 2 player mode, there isn’t an indicator that it’s the other players turn, the LED player is simply going the other way.

There isn’t a lot of room to maneuver around on the field, with 3 lanes for the player to run in. It takes a bit of timing to get down the field. The controls are really quick making it easy to run down the field fact when there is an opening in the opponent’s defensive line.

When someone is accustomed to playing the high-tech games of today, a game like LED Football may not be too appealing. However, it’s really fun. It takes a bit to get used to the controls and gameplay though. I recommend reading the instructions, it makes getting started a lot easier.

LED Football is currently available exclusively from the Amazon Appstore.

LED Football Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Everything about the look and sound of LED Football was spot on with the original game.
Controls - The controls were actually faster on the touch screen than the buttons were on the original game. It is to your advantage though.
Gameplay - It took a little bit to get the hang of how the game works and what to look for. It was great once you get the hang of it.
Replay Value - A great game to pull out and challenge your friends. Not something I would play everyday though.
Overall - I thought LED Football was a great remake of the original handheld game.

Download: App available at the Amazon App Store »

Trevor Dobrygoski
Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.
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