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Flick Kick Football Kickoff Game: Mobile

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Set in the Golden Age of Football greatness, see if you have what it takes to score the winning goal with the flick of your finger!

Curve, lob, drive and shoot the ball from all over the pitch!

Kick It Old School!

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Features

Multiple Modes including:

  • New Online Multiplayer and Classic pass & play!!
  • Practice Mode, to get your game up to par (Now updated!)
  • Bullseye Mode, can you smash the targets?
  • Arcade Mode, to show what you can do when it really counts
  • Time Attack for those that like to race the clock, or with limited time for greatness
  • Intuitive Flick Kicking - Sweep your finger across the ball to drive, curve and power the ball past walls of defenders
  • Unique 'Golden Era' of Football Presentation - Immerse yourself in graphics that will bring the nostalgia of the era back
  • Leaderboards and Achievements, so the world can see how much of a better player you are than your friend

Reviewed

First of all, I need to get it off my chest that I am neither football crazy, nor am I football mad (even though these two descriptions refer to the exact same condition), and having a game of football with the lads is pretty much the second-last thing I would want to do at any point in time during my life, and indeed ever. The first is calling my male friends ‘lads’, which I have already done for the purpose of making a point. In spite of my less-than-enthusiastic position on the sport, I have always been partial to a lovely bit of football action, provided it stays within the virtual confines of a mobile iOS or Android device. Today’s game under the intense scrutiny of my unforgivingly ruthless gaming eye (which comes tinted with cynicism as standard) is Flick Kick Football Kickoff, an addictive little whippersnapper of a game where the grass is green, the action is involving and the goal is, well that’s still just a goal, I’m afraid. It’s a game which did more than take me by surprise; it took most of my free time as well since it is effectively the football-game equivalent of opiate-laced Frosties (I’ve used up all my crunchy-nut metaphors in other reviews). This game is going to make you want to trade in your free time for some football flicking action that induces nothing but fun and screen-swiping, football-hyping entertainment, only without all the other boring stuff.

Flick Kick Football Kickoff Game: distinctive design

The distinctive design of the menus gives the game an almost classic feel; either that or I need to clean my iPod screen

Killer without the Filler

Much like my policy for my enjoyment of most music albums, I find it preferable that a game gets straight down to business. I don’t want filler tracks, untitled interludes and epic instrumentals in my music, and I prefer my sports-based mobile games not to be plagued with the pointless (as I see it) aspects of the sports which are being simulated: if I’m golfing, I don’t want the game to focus on walking between greens; the stop-start nature of American football grates at my patience like it were a block of crumbly, mature cheddar, and any aspects of football which don’t involve smashing a ball towards the goal are the occupational equivalent of the filling out dull, endless administrative paperwork in a poorly-lit room with no air conditioning and a subtle-yet-nauseating smell of damp emanating from the carpets . Luckily for me, PikPok seem to fully understand the need for no-nonsense, ‘juice without the bits’ entertainment, cutting the pointlessness out of the sport of football and serving up the good cuts on a plate with a glass of high-quality red wine.

Flick Kick Football Kickoff is based entirely around the directing of a football towards either a goal, or small static/mobile targets within the goal (depending on which mode is being played). The ball is placed at a variety of distances and positions relative to the goal and must be directed past a variety of immobile, cardboard-cutout defenders and a sometimes-ambulatory goalkeeper; the quantity of defenders will increase steadily as you progress, and the mobility of the goalkeeper will also steadily increase to provide a more significant challenge for you shooting skills to overcome.

While landing the ball squarely into the middle of the goal may cut it in the pathetic realm of premiership football, this game doesn’t concern itself with traditional sporting expectations: in Flick Kick Football Kickoff, the only way to impress anyone is to land the ball within a small area that runs parallel to the goalposts known as the ‘skill zone’, which results in an extra three seconds of time being added to the clock which ticks (or the digital equivalent) away in the corner. Scoring consecutive skillshot goals will result in the football being aflame for a few shots, which gives you the advantage of being able to blast it directly through the defenders and even the goalie like they were some kind of figment of your sporting imagination. It’s like PikPok applied heat to a conical flask of liquid football, allowing only the fun stuff to evaporate and condensing it into a pure distillate of undiluted football merriment. Drink up, it tastes better than you would think a sport ever could.

Flick Kick Football Kickoff Game: carboard fiction

No need to concern yourself with the safety of these gentlemen’s nethers; they’re cardboard, fictional, and are trained to expect a lethal ball of fire, anyhow

It’s as Quick as Flick and Kick

Flick Kick Football Kickoff is a mouthful to pronounce but as far as the gameplay goes, it barely requires more than a few functioning neurons and a nimble finger/willing thumb to be able to get involved with the action. As a game which focuses purely on the technical aspect of kicking the ball whilst applying the necessary amount of force and spin to bury it firmly in the region of the goal, the ball simply sits in front of you waiting to be smashed in any direction which you so choose to welly it. You can either choose to chip the ball over the defenders, or get creative with your finger movements and apply a little swerve to the ball. A simple, vertical swipe over the ball results in a straightforward kick in the direction of your swipe; the longer the swipe, the more force you put into the shot.

One of the more addictive elements of the shooting is in curving the ball, which is done by swiping in a curved motion, the arc of which determines how much the ball swerves once it is in the air. Getting accustomed to curving the ball takes a little time at first, but once you have the  hang of it, you’ll begrudge taking a straight shot ever again. I’d say about 80% of the fun in the game is in perfecting the curve shot, which you can spend a little while doing and tens of minutes thereafter reaping the rewards.

In the Mode

We all hate being restricted to just one mode of gameplay, which is why we have been given a variety of ways in which to entertain ourselves with the virtual football. The backbone of the game is of course the one-player, straight-up, no-nonsense smashing of the ball into the goal as many times as can be managed within the time limit, also known as ‘Skillshot’ mode. You begin with a clock which runs down from one minute; scoring a regular goal will add just one second to the time, whereas managing to get the ball into the narrow ‘Skillshot’ area around the perimeter of the posts will pop three whole seconds onto the clock. In this mode, Skillshots are the only ones which count towards your final total, with regular shots being forgotten almost as quickly as they happened: it is called ‘Skillshot’, remember? “Hate the game, not the player” as no one says, ever.

Bullseye mode tests the pinpoint accuracy of your shots by issuing you with circular targets of varying sizes to aim at. Most are stationary but as you progress you will encounter more moving targets which are considerably more difficult to hit. Much like in Skillshot mode, you are rewarded for your eager eye and calm, collected swiping finger since each bulls-eye shot will result in three extra seconds on the clock, as well as the target shattering into pieces for dramatic effect (breaking stuff is more manly, isn’t it?). Shots that do not fall within the bulls-eye will give you only one extra second. As you can see, you’ve got to be good to stay in the game, and if you’re not, you need to become good, or this may be a disappointing experience for you.

Flick Kick Football Kickoff Game: Bullseye Mode

Bullseye mode will test your accuracy and ability to hit moving targets. A breeze in the opening stages, it soon becomes a considerable challenge.

We’ve even got a multiplayer mode for anyone who may feel it appropriate to play this game with any number (provided it is an even number) of friends. This branch of gameplay is similar to ‘Skillshot’ mode only without the skill-shots and time constraints. Each player (up to a maximum of however many friends you may have; this would be a very short game for me) takes it in turns to shoot at the goal while varying numbers of defenders and a single goalkeeper blocks the way. The action is divided into two teams which are subject to a three –strikes policy, effectively making the mode like a multiplayer penalty shootout, though I cannot be sure since my knowledge of the particulars of football is sparse and questionable. A multiplayer mode simply adds to one of the many dimensions of fun which this game provides for the player.

Flickball Focus

Ok, so when it comes down to it, Flick Kick Football Kickoff is damn fun to play which creates an obsession that occasionally borders on the definition of psychological addiction. It’s got a small but great selection of game modes, a multiplayer function and even a practice mode in which you are able to refine your skills without the pressure of time constraints throwing you off your game. While these features make it a fairly well-rounded game, the whole thing remains at the shallow end of the football game spectrum because of its very nature: flick, shoot, score and repeat is the cycle that it comes down to. Though I often loathe games which get into the nitty-gritty aspects of football and provide action which runs the entire length of the pitch, it is what some players actually look for in a game, and Flick Kick Football Kickoff simply cannot provide such an in-depth experience for those that are looking for more. The entire game’s efficacy rests on the ‘flick to kick’ system, and admittedly, it most definitely works.

 As a game that trims the fat to leave a lean piece of juicy, rare football-based steak, Flick Kick Football Kickoff is the ultimate success. However, it’s more of a game to be played on a short bus ride, during the adverts which intersect your favourite TV show, or to be played rudely during a conversation with someone that you don’t like very much. For short term, shallow fun, Flick Kick Football Kickoff wins every time; for anything more substantial, you may be forced to look 

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