NFL Kicker 13 Review

NFL Kicker 13 Review

Sep 13, 2012

In pro sports, the least-respected positions are the kickers. No one really has any emotions about them until they succeed, or fail miserably. Ask a Buffalo Bills fan about Scott Norwood. NFL Kicker 13 from Full Fat Games celebrates these players with a game of their very own. Using the flick controls established in Flick Golf, this game is about kicking field goals and even being an effective punter. Yes, the punters get into the action too!

There are two modes for field goal kicking, “In The Zone” and “Time Attack.” Each has the goal of kicking the ball through the uprights, with steadily-increasing wind. However, “In The Zone” is endless, and rewards players with higher multipliers for kicking into the gold section of the end zone. “Time Attack” lasts 60 seconds, and players increase their multiplier by kicking into the glowing zone, and can also increase time this way. “Coffin Corner” mode is a different challenge: players must punt the ball out of the end zone. There’s a bonus multiplier for doing this on a bounce, and an overall multiplier that increases for kicking it out of the gold section of the sideline that’s basically within the 1-yard line. Doing this nets extreme points, though.

The controls are still simple to use like they are in the other “Flick” games. It’s all about flicking upward with the right angle, and watching the ball sail. Applying english to the shots to make them just perfect is extremely satisfying when they help get a very high combo multiplier. The ability to play as a player from any NFL team is great. As a new Chicago resident with no previous affiliation, I must play as DA BEARS.

Now, the most amusing part is that the kicker in NFL Kicker 13 is probably the most showboating athlete in football history. He makes the Gramaticas look subdued. If he were a real player, Roger Goodell would shoot him on sight. It’s funny because this kind of thing usually isn’t seen in NFL-licensed games.

There’s a clear focus with the coins where unlocking a lot of the content is based on spending money. If it were just limited to cosmetic items, that would be fine. But the powerups are so expensive that they can pretty much only be used by those who pay for them. If a zero was slashed from the prices, they would be much more fair and practical for players to use regularly.

Still, the IAP can be largely ignored in the name of just kicking all the footballs, which is a good thing for NFL Kicker 13. For fans of the flick controls who hate golf and soccer, this is a great pickup. DA BEARS.

Flick Golf Review

Flick Golf Review

Oct 27, 2011

Full Fat Games are back on Android with their take on golfing, Flick Golf! This game is not to be confuse with a realistic golfing simulation, though. The game is more of a target practice game using golf mechanics. The player simply flicks their finger upward to hit the ball, then flicks in midair change the spin of the ball. Landing the ball as close to the hole, if not in it entirely, is the goal. Getting close scores more points, and in timed modes, adds more time to keep going. The game has 3 modes: Quick Shot, where scoring as many points in 60 seconds is the goal; World Tour, where the player has 9 shots to score as highly as possible; Finally, there’s Quick Shot Pro, where holes are windier, bonuses are worth less, and players only start with 30 seconds on the clock.

The flick controls work very well and are part of the game’s fun, especially when flicking wildly to try to get a shot near the hole when the clock is about to hit zero in Quick Shot mode. It’s a fun pick up and play game. Also, the game runs letterboxed instead of stretching to fit the taller than 2:3 aspect ratio that the game was designed for. It’s barely noticeable, and it just looks better than when games are stretched.

The only real problem with the gameplay is that the “flick to add spin” mechanic becomes so integral to the game that the initial shot almost doesn’t even matter, as rapid flicking to spin the ball near the cup is required to make shots. Also, the courses are mostly the same, just with different themes. Some levels are windier, but that’s the biggest difference between courses, so things can get monotonous after a while.

Flick Golf can be a bit repetitive, but it has a fun control mechanic and will last long enough to make that dollar spent worthwhile.