With the iPhone and iPod touch gaining popularity by the day and the football season upon us, we thought it would be appropriate to review some NFL video games. As we put together this iPhone Football game roundup, we found three that could just be some of the best apps out there. Let’s take a look at EA’s Madden 10, Gameloft’s NFL2010, and Chillingo’s Super Shock Football.
Madden has been dominating the football game market for the past 20 years. EA Games has now released the first version of Madden for the iPhone into the App Store. Now there is quite a rivalry between Madden 10 and NFL2010 and gamers face a tough decision.
Visually, Madden looks good, but maybe not up to our initial expectations. The graphics are similar to yesteryear’s console performance but don’t compare to what is available today. For the iPhone though, they are adequate. The famous helmet-to-helmet effects and John Madden comments are all present. Additionally, all your iPod library tracks are available to override the built-in music score. Madden 10’s controls all work well and all the options are quickly accessible.
We’re looking forward to multiplayer and roster updates coming in a future software update. As it is, replay ability is exceptional. This IS a Madden football game. Expect to be engulfed in it until the next one is released. Gameloft’s NFL2010 is right up there with Madden yet each offers a few things the other lacks. So, go ahead and buy both if you can pull it off. At $ 9.99, Madden enters the App Store at an expected price point and should stay there for the entire season. As anticipated, Madden 10 brings a 4-Star experience to the table and shoves its closest rival NFL2010 into OT.
NFL 2010, the first full-featured football game specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch, was released earlier than expected by Gameloft. With a graphic style similar to Madden, it is hard not to compare NFL 2010 to the king of all that is football. Fortunately for mobile gamers, NFL 2010 holds up quite well.
NFL2010 definitely sports a wow-factor in the graphics department. Actually, this is the closest to Madden we’ve experienced. We liked the sounds too. You’ll enjoy responsive controls and notice that they are all well honed. Some functionality does feel to be missing as we don’t quite feel we have total control over the plays. Sometimes, we get the feeling we are simply watching them happen as we have set them up. Kicking plays seemed to give the most feeling of control as they allow for dual controls of aiming and power. We liked this scheme the most.
Gameloft really impresses with NFL2010, their first effort at iPhone football gaming. This will be on our most-played list for some time to come. The $ 7.99 price is a bit steep, but it is lower than Madden 10 and it’s a huge savings when compared to console games. We have to give NFL2010 a 4-Star rating as well.
Chillingo has taken a different approach with Super Shock Football by basing it on the electric football gaming style. It won’t replace Madden 10 or NFL2010, but it does present some coolness with vibrating players and other additions that justify it as a worthy contender.
Super Shock Football is a visual masterpiece – we loved the 2D players all zigzagging around the 3D environment. The game presents a top-down view when setting up your players but then it rotates to an on-field angle for play watching. Audio effects are very enjoyable as you can hear the little men humming as they vibrate around the field. Crowd noise and whistling add to the entire effect of being in a virtual stadium. Every game control mechanism can be accomplished with a single finger. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the usual stats like scores, time remaining, etc. These are a tad difficult to read, but they are not distracting from the game itself. A few options can be set like length of the quarter, and the number of players on each team.
Super Shock Football, although not on the same level as its more serious contenders, brings a lot of nostalgia and humorous gameplay to the App Store. Don’t take it too seriously and you’ll have a ball. Since the outcomes are so random in this title, no two games will ever be the same. Replay ability is very high as a result. At $ 1.99, Super Shock Football is positioned by Chillingo to be a winner. Surprisingly, we have settled on a 5-Star rating for this little gem of a football game.
We can’t believe how far iPhone and iPod touch gaming have come in just a little over a year. When we decided to take a look at these NFL video games for review, we were surprised at how well they all performed. With Madden 10, NFL2010, and Super Shock Football, players clearly have some of the best apps to get their football fix.