Developer: Vaporware Labs
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve Young Football! is the most surprisingly bizarre game I’ve possibly ever played. I’ve seen some bizarre games in the App Store, but with the title “Steve Young Football!” I was expecting, you know, football.

Instead, SYF is a bizarre football-inspired experience. Basically, you are Steve Young, the famous quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers in their glory years, who has to score touchdowns in various strange circumstances. In some levels you’re trying to score against the undead, sometimes you’ve got angry turkeys, there are landmines — all sorts of weird stuff on the field.

As Steve, you can drag your player anywhere behind the line of scrimmage (that yellow line you see), and then you must flick him down the field into the endzone. For the touchdown to count though, you have to hit a star on the way, and that’s where the challenge is. All of the stars are guarded by the field obstacles (the turkeys and landmines from earlier), so you must flick extremely accurately to score your well deserved touchdown.

Aside from the single player mode, there is also a pretty amazing multiplayer mode that, at least on the iPad, can use two iPad screen as one playing field. Basically, both players have stars on their side of the field that they have to defend with the use of the bizarre obstacles. On the iPhone it’s a bit more sane, with just one screen and a hotseat mode, but the bizarre nature of the experience is still there.

Because of the strangeness of the game, I’m not sure what type of gamer Steve Young Football! appeals to. It is a fun game, but sports fans looking for a real football experience will probably sit for a while scratching their heads. Gamers of all types shouldn’t shy away from Steve Young Football! though, because it really is one of the oddest fun experiences that you’ll ever encounter.

Be sure to watch their promo videos for the game if you are on the fence. If they don’t get you to buy the game, nothing will.


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