Football may be in jeopardy, what with more NFL action projected to be going on in courtrooms between lawyers in expensive suits rather than in stadiums with players in uniforms this fall. However, iPad owners longing for taste of the gridiron can get a little taste with iQuarterback 2 from Fuzzy Cube Software, an arcade-style target shooting take on football.
This game puts players in control of a quarterback in two gameplay modes. The first, Shoot Out, has a series of targets pop up, which the player must try to hit as they go by. Different targets give different point values, and some offer powerups like giant footballs, and ones that split into 3 footballs, for maximum target hitting action. The other mode, Accuracy, is based on reaction time, where targets quickly pop up and must be hit before they go back down. Each successive target hit increases the overall multiplier, so frequent accurate hits are necessary to get high scores.
The game is available as a free download, but features ads and in-app purchases. Players earn "Fame" from playing the game, which can be used toward new outfits and stadiums, which offer different powerups to the player. As well, Fame can be used to extend the game length by 3 seconds for 10 Fame, up to 10 times in one game. Fame can be bought via in-app purchases, although it is not necessarily required, although high scores will be lower without the extension of time, so smart usage is required if there's no desire to spend money on the game. It's something of a curious take on the freemium model - while the game gives advantages for acquiring additional Fame, it is not patently necessary by definition, especially as good players will earn large amounts of it as they play. iQuarterback 2 is available from the App Store now.