I never thought there was a lot of room for innovation or unique approaches when it came to the football simulation genre, but I was wrong. Footy Ball: Pass Pass Soccer is living proof and I am so happy to have been able to get my hands on this little gem of a game!
Footy Ball: Pass Pass Soccer reminds me of the old school The sensible world of football a little, as well as the traditional Football Manager Games, before getting the sophisticated 3D engine, and while they were still called “Championship manager“I think the best way to describe this new game available for both Android and iOS is to say it could be the kid in love with SWOS and Football Manager.
And as if that wasn’t enough for a game to be considered amazing and unique, there is even more to the mix! The control scheme is absolutely perfect for mobile platforms. Instead of the awkward virtual pad, players are controlled by tapping and swiping across the screen.
That’s right, it has a downside – the AI controls your players’ direction of racing and they don’t always choose the route you want, but in most cases they do. And even when they don’t, I just consider that part of the challenge and a little extra that makes the game so beautiful.
The controls are very simple: you tap the screen to increase speed or to try a dribble and you slide to shoot / pass the ball or tackle in defense. As you shoot the ball, the length of your sweep dictates the speed of the ball, while on-screen movement can add nice curves to it to give you better control. Simple but extremely effective!
Besides the main game in which you face other opponents in a league of your choice over several seasons, a minor management part is also involved. In Footy Ball: Pass Pass Soccer, you can sell and sign new players, as well as switch rosters and see various stats (I LOVE stats!) Over the years – tons of stats, in fact. So many good things here too.
The graphics and the overall style of the game are really lovely. Minimalistic and almost impossible to consider OK just by looking at the screenshots, the art style is exactly what this game needs and works flawlessly once you personally fire it up and see it at work.
The sound is limited and although you have the option to turn it off, I would advise against doing so because otherwise you will be surprised at half time or at the whistle full time. Yes, the game is so intense that you don’t have time to keep an eye on the clock!
The most surprising part about Footy Ball: Pass Pass Soccer is that it is a free game. You can really enjoy the full experience without paying any money, but progress will be extremely slow, especially when it comes to making enough money to recruit better players. However, there is no real wall to speak of, and spending a very small amount on an in-app purchase would reward you with 10 million coins – enough to buy some amazing new players for your team.
Overall, Footy Ball: Pass Pass Soccer is a surprisingly unique mobile game and comes as a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated market. Simple in concept and controls, yet complex and difficult to master, this is a game every football fan should try to play right now.
The game is available for free download from Google Play and the App Store.
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