2d football/soccer game with retro pixel graphics.
Free with in app purchases
Who wouldn’t love controlling a mini pixel form of their favorite football player? Yep, that’s right, no one. There are tons of football simulation games on mobile, but very few of them actually satisfy my need for an enjoyable football experience. I know that the majority of these games are well made, but they all have the same style of gameplay and graphics. I usually split football games into four categories: 3D football simulation games (FIFA, Dream League, etc.), Football management games (Top 11, Online Soccer Manager, etc.), Basic free kick/penalty taking games (Flick kick, Perfect kick, etc.), and finally, actual original and unique football games (Head soccer, New Star Soccer, etc.). Football Touch Z Arcade certainly falls under that fourth category.
Being able to feel “in control” of my team is something very important to me in a game like this. When you start, you are given pretty much the default squad. You can also choose between a selection of predetermined teams, already with their own kits, names, and logos. Hopefully you can see what I am trying to say here. I can see that an effort is being made to add some customization to your team, but it just isn’t there for me. Pretty much the only thing you can personalize about your team is the players on it, but I will get more into that later. All in all, the game would have a lot more personality if I was able to maybe, change my team’s name, kit, and possibly even beginning squad.
As I said earlier, the only customizable thing about your team is the players. The game features two currencies, coins and cash. Usually I would say that cash is the premium currency of this game, but it really isn’t. Both of them can be earned by simply playing through the levels, although it can be difficult to gather enough cash to get some of the more advanced, and skilled players. There are two options when it comes to upgrading your team. 1: Use cash to buy new players for your squad. 2: Upgrade existing players on your squad. In early gameplay I used the second option much more, mainly because I was only presented with one opportunity to buy certain players, although that has been fixed now. There are a few basic categories that you can upgrade your character in, such as speed, shooting, control, strength, and defense. My only complaint with this is that I sometimes find it difficult to upgrade my characters to a level where they are capable of keeping up with the opponent.
Rather than seasons, Football Touch Z Arcade is split up into 4 different worlds, each one containing 25 levels. You must win enough matches in one world to be able to unlock the next one. When I first started playing the game, I found it to be absurdly easy. My first few levels were ridiculous 9-0 blowouts, and my opponents had no chance at all. I played through the first world, and managed to improve my team, little by little. Eventually, there was a certain point in the game where I just hit a huge “pay wall”. All of a sudden the opponent was full of premium players that easily sprinted by mine and scored effortlessly. I had to keep playing levels in order to try and gain some cash, so that I could upgrade my team to be evenly matched with the AI. Once I saved up some cash I bought my first premium player, and I suddenly had the advantage in every game I played. This seems to be a reoccurring theme in this game. Destroy opponents, get destroyed by opponents, purchase good player, and destroy opponents again. I’m not saying that the levels are COMPLETELY biased, because they are still very fun to play, no matter how good your team is.
Football Touch Z Arcade consists of three different playable game modes. These modes are campaign, tournament, and multiplayer. The “campaign” mode is the one discussed earlier, consisting of different worlds, levels, and all of that fun stuff. These games are played with 5 players on each team. Meanwhile, there is also tournament mode, where you pick from a very small selection of countries and play with 11 players against the computer. There are actually a ton of countries to pick from, but almost all of them require in app purchase to use. I find tournament mode to be very difficult, and I am yet to actually win one. Finally, there is an incomplete multiplayer mode. It boasts local WiFi matches, and nonworking online matches. Even though it currently isn’t working, I am looking forward to playing against other people’s teams online.
If you are looking for a refreshing football simulation game with awesome 2D pixel graphics then this is definitely one to pick up. This game has a good amount of fun gameplay, even though it can be difficult at times. The developer is constantly adding new content and levels to this game, so stay tuned if it currently just isn’t enough for you. I love the originality that this game provides, rather than boring games consisting of mindlessly flicking a ball past a vacuous goalkeeper. I love football, and this game captures the fun of the sport in its own unique and exciting way.