Gameloft Real Soccer 2009 review

There are not many Soccer games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This is possibly due to the reason that  implementing such games onto the small screen of both the devices can be a challenge for the developers as neither of the devices come with physical buttons that may be used to control the players on the screen. But folks at Gameloft took the challenge and boy, I am very impressed with their work

The Real Soccer is a pretty huge game (77MB install) for iPhone and iPod Touch. But, it was all worth it! It was like playing EA’s Fifa on a PSP or something. It surely gathered a lot of attention around me as nobody had seen anyone playing soccer on their mobile devices in so much better quality as compared to typical ho-hum games based on Java.

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Anyway, the game is controlled via on-screen buttons. At first, I was little uneasy controlling the players via those on-screen buttons, but I got accustomed after 5 minutes of game play. Button “A” is for strong kicks, making the other player fall (but be careful, otherwise, you may get a yellow or a red card) and button “B” is for passing the ball around, selecting players.

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The game has multiplayer mode in which you can play with your other friends provided they are on the same wifi network.

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Features:

– Easily perform the most amazing soccer moves with the touch screen.
– Real-time multiplayer mode to go head-to-head with friends over Wi-Fi.
– 198 teams with real players’ names thanks to the FIFPRO football license.
– 3D graphics worthy of the best handheld soccer games.
– Play throw-ins by tilting your iPhone!
– 12 stadiums entirely modelled in 3D.

Here is the video of the game in action:

What is great about this game:

  • Good graphics
  • Awesome and addictive gameplay
  • Price: Just $0.99!

What I expect in the future upgrades:

  • Commentary: In game commentary would be great. This will help me, not to miss Fifa 2009 when I am on the go.
  • They need to polish the controls. Make them invisible and bigger. Use the accelerometer to move the players around.

[iTunes URL] [Official webpage]

Some screenshots of the game:

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