Developer: The Topps Company
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s oddly compelling to collect things for many of us. Whether it be collecting all the magic orbs in a game or finishing a set of cards or stickers, there’s something immensely satisfying about building up a collection. That’s the angle that KICK is coming from by offering a way for soccer fans to collect their favorite players, as well as play a form of fantasy soccer with others from around the world.

toppskick5toppskick6Focused solely on the English Premier League, players start out with a pack of 11 cards, forming a team. Don’t expect to have anyone particularly great in that team as these things have to be earned. Specifically, players can opt to use real money to buy packs of cards, play regularly in order to earn daily bonuses, or choose to trade with other players.

The latter is where the game really begins as working together and shrewdly swapping cards appropriately is key to success. The trades tab is where most players will be spending their time attempting to swap well. Got a duplicate card? This is the ideal way to dispense with them, working one’s way up to the Agueros and Rooneys that we all so desire to own.

KICK isn’t just about swapping cards, though. There’s a basic fantasy soccer element here, with players needing to create a line-up before match day in order to earn points and work their way up the leader boards. Each player comes with information relating to their recent form, aiding players in deciding who should play.

Admittedly though, I found myself more keen to complete sets of cards than worry about my standing in the charts. It’s more about cultivating the best players purely for one’s own satisfaction. The joy at finding a rare card is particularly neat, although rare is definitely the correct word here.

toppskick4toppskick1KICK offers a community section for general chat but it’s mostly focused on trading rather than any soccer talk, an unfortunate side effect given that the app still focuses heavily on the season thanks to a news section. There’s an extensive tips and how to play section, too, proving quite vital given that the game isn’t the most newcomer friendly.

While KICK didn’t quite hook me to the extent that physical trading cards once did, mostly because of its sterile exterior, it’s the perfect evolution for a genre that’s consistently popular. No longer reliant on local friends, I can see this being quite the time sink for those keen to put the hours in. Don’t expect success to come quickly, though!

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