When it comes to games like shooters, platformers and sports titles, it is hard to find worthy entries on the iPhone mainly due to the lack of accurate physical controls. However, sometimes developers come up with great ideas that provide a fresh focus to known genres.
Flick Kick Football Legends (Football Legends from here on) starts as a simple soccer game that uses first person view to put you in the place of the player.
On the field, you have to pass the ball accurately and try to score as many goals as possible. For that, you have to flick the ball with your finger in the direction you want it to go.
Of course, since you are playing soccer matches, your rivals can also get the ball, in which case you have to time your swipes correctly in order to tackle them and get the ball back. Occasionally, you will also have free kicks or penalty kicks, which adds a bit of realism to the game.
On itself, that would be enough to make for a fun and entertaining game. However, Football Legends includes a strategy element that adds a whole new level of challenge to the game. When you are not playing a match, you take the role of the team’s coach in charge of managing the different players and different aspects of the team, like its uniform, skills and such.
Now, each player of your team is represented by a card, and each of these cards carries a certain set of skills.
As you might guess, the skills you start with are basic at best, but enough to get you through a few initial matches. Winning them earns you in-game money (you can also purchase some via in-app purchases), which you can in turn use to buy new skills for your existing team or also to get “card packs” which come with different players that you can use.
Improving your players is a big part of the game. Going forward through the different matches, you will find that the teams you face, get stronger: Their dribbling, shooting and other skills improve, making it a lot more difficult to defeat them. There are also investment opportunities in the game that, while a bit risky, give you the chance to increase your funds.
As you can see, Football Legends has a bit of everything for everyone. Addictive gameplay, strategy, fun, skill and more. And the good thing is that, if you are good enough, you’ll never have to spend a dime on it, so there’s no reason not to try it out now. Enjoy!