Blocky Soccer Review

Blocky Soccer Review

Jul 2, 2016

It’s easy to look at Blocky Soccer and immediately assuming it’s nothing more than a Crossy Road clone. Thankfully there’s enough differences to make this thing stand on its own two feet.

The game has you participate in mini ‘tournaments’ that are simply three games played back to back. If you’re thinking that you’re going to play full games of soccer, you’re mistaken.

Each soccer match consists of watching a ball move from one goal to the other. I assume there’s some random number generation going on, as it seems to move back and forth randomly. If the ball hits your goal, you simply get the spin of a roulette wheel which will either see the opposition score or miss. As soon as the ball hits their goal the scene changes as this means you’re about to attack their goal.

This is where Block Soccer is, at its most, Crossy Road. You are a footballer at the bottom of the screen and you need to swipe left and right to avoid defenders coming at you from the top of the screen. You also need to keep an eye out for defenders tackling you from behind, as they can also appear at the bottom of the screen. It’s pretty straightforward, even if it does get tricky when you’re bombarded with defenders. Once you’ve dodged enough tackles, which is a random number, you’ll then need to take your shot.BlockySoccer4

Once you’re in front of the goal everything stops and you’ll have an arrow waving from left to right placed in front of you. Shooting at the goal consists of two taps. Your first tap will stop the arrow swinging. Once you’ve done that the arrow fills up to show how hard you’re about to punt the ball. Tap the screen to stop it filling up and take the shot.

Easy. Right?

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there’ll be a key in the goal. If the ball hits the key, it’s yours. You also gain keys if you win tournaments too. What do keys do? Well, they unlock new kits and eventually new stadiums to play in. The problem is that these kits aren’t that interesting. Some are quite cool – as they let you play as an animal or something weird, but most are just slightly different colored variations of the same model you’ve been looking at for hours already. Also, nothing else really changes. Unlike Crossy Road – which it’s hard not to compare this game to – it’s not as if you play with different types of ball or come up against different types of defender.

Which isn’t the worst thing in the world but it does mean that there’s very little to see once you’ve unlocked a kit or two.

Agent Dash Gets Update

Agent Dash Gets Update

May 14, 2015

Agent Dash, the mercurial runner with more than a dash of style, is being updated with new characters, elements and much more.

Dash is back with a MASSIVE new update.
• New characters Agent Riley & Dash Junior
• Next gen graphics for 2015
• Remastered levels with new hazards
• Twisting worlds with dramatic ups & downs
• Character outfits & perks
• All-new missions
• Daily Challenges. Win a big reward!
• Activate gadgets on the run
• New value packs
• New menus and less loading
• Bug fixes & improvements

Interestingly, the version of the game has been rebuilt with Unity Engine; the developer noted that this allows for more content to be created faster.

We had an opportunity to review Agent Dash when it first arrived on Android, and mostly liked it; it’s available in free-to-try format on Google Play.

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Flick Soccer 15 Review

Flick Soccer 15 Review

Jan 26, 2015

Struth, for a free game Flick Soccer 15 sure packs in a lot of modes.

Screenshot_2015-01-25-17-19-31Specialist focuses on accuracy. A target drifts around a goalmouth, protected by a goalie and later by more and more defenders. The player must get the ball in the goal, while also hitting the target. Swiping in a curve on the screen sends the ball in that direction and is pretty much required to get it around defenders. Aftertouch can also be invoked by swiping after the ball has been kicked. Hitting the bullseye awards an extra ball and the idea is to go as long as possible without missing three times in a row and running out of balls, making blues rather costly. This is ok at first, but gets kind of dull.

Quickshot is the same as Specialist but much faster. A tight time limit counts down faster than a dingo eats babies and hitting the target awards a small amount of extra time. The player has unlimited balls and the game continues until time runs out. Much faster paced and tense than specialist Quickshot is fun.

Challenge gives the player limited balls and a score to beat. Reaching that score with the allotted balls ranks up the player and unlocks harder challenges. This game mode has the most longevity due to its ranking system.

Screenshot_2015-01-25-17-20-43Crossbar is a dull mode where you must hit the goal’s crossbar with your ball as many times as possible. Crikey, it is repetitive. Finally, Smash It has the player smash panes of glass over the goals as fast as possible. It’s ok.

As for the tantalizingly named Beach Babes mode (which costs 99 cents to unlock), it is simply the same game as Specialist, except on a beach with bikini sheilas acting as defenders and a beach ball to use instead. Hardly compelling, but an amusing little extra. Stone the crows.

Flick Soccer 15 has fun gameplay, but it is certainly not a ridgey-didge game. It is well suited to play while in a line or waiting for something and in short bursts. Just about anyone from oldies to ankle biters, sheilas and blokes will be able to play Flick Soccer 15 too, which works in its favor.

Flick Soccer 15 looks bonza. Bright and colorful, the graphics are apples and have all the genital protecting you’d expect. The sound works well too with the roaring crowd egging you on and some surprisingly good music putting you in the zone.

Flick Soccer 15 is an enjoyable but somewhat short-lived game. Since it is completely free (except for Beach Babes) there’s no reason not to give it a burl, even for bludgers.

NFL Quarterback 13 Review

NFL Quarterback 13 Review

Jan 31, 2013

Full Fat’s timing of NFL Quarterback 13 may be odd: most football games come out before the season, or at least early on in it to catch on that football fever. See NFL Kicker 13. Howeveer, by releasing in the midst of the playoffs, it may just be a shrewd move. After all, it’s when football fever is at its highest pitch. So, here we are, with another arcade-style football game that’s fun, but runs into issues with in-app purchase mechanics.

The goal here is simple: use Full Fat’s patented flicking mechanic to pass to receivers, and flick while the ball is in mid-air to help redirect it to receivers. Thankfully, players have receivers with either the best hands or the worst ever: they do a great job at catching balls and winning battles against defenders and receivers that are in the area of a catch that the targeted receiver won’t get to will go all out to catch the ball. However, they all tend to constantly fumble when hit. Thankfully, that doesn’t matter! Players also have to deal with oncoming defenders, with the ability to swipe to dodge out of the way. There’s a mode where players need to just not run out of lives, another where the clock must not run down, and another that serves as a target practice mode. Coins and tokens can be spent on player upgrades and on upgrading one’s stadium.

The flick controls are still the best thing about the game. It’s just so intuitive to flick a pass to receivers. The game does have less inherent variety than NFL Kicker, where field goals and punts provided two inherently different forms of gameplay. However, the 3 modes, with different challenges, should serve as enough variety here.

Sadly, the secondary currency of tokens can be somewhat difficult to earn in the game itself if not impossible, and they’re the primary way to continue games and unlock some other upgrades. Other upgrades take a long time to earn through actually playing the game. The best games that use two currencies make the second currency something that’s actually a part of the game, not just a blatant attempt to make money. That the game also has launched as a paid app is especially insulting. While the game is perfectly playable without the upgrades, it will impede the quest for other high scores.

While NFL Quarterback 13 has some annoying elements, at its core it remains a Full Fat game: fun and simple to play.