Posts Tagged Soccer
We’ve all been there. Two sports events are on at once and it’s a judgement call to figure out which one to watch and which one to just keep an eye on the score of. While sometimes it’s the obvious game with the two big leading teams against each other, other times it’s a more subtle David and Goliath style conflict that turns out to be the more exciting game. How to figure out which one as soon as possible though? Maybe Thuuz will be able to help there.
It’s an app that, using some unique and mysterious algorithms, figures out the excitement of each game in real-time then rates it on a scale of 0-100. Users pick their favorite sports, teams and players, set their excitement threshold and then the app gets to work.
Currently monitoring a wide variety of sports such as NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Soccer, Cricket, Rugby as well as college sports like Football and Basketball, this app should have sports fans pretty covered for figuring out what to watch.
Further functionality is offered with the ability to watch live games when in the US as well as track down the nearest sports bar to catch the action.
It’s a free app so give it a shot and why not report back on how it’s gone. Initial feedback is looking pretty darn promising. Finally, this predicament could be solved!
For soccer fans across the world, last weekend marked the start of an exciting few months ahead. The English Premier League has started once more with the 2011/2012 season afoot. It might not be the only soccer league out there but it’s certainly the biggest with some of the most exciting soccer yet to be seen this season.
So what better way of keeping track of the latest news and insights into the league than with the Mirror Football app? The app hopes to be the one stop shop for all things Premier League related offering up to the minute score tracking for each live match, breaking news, videos and pictures as well as in-depth analysis. This analysis comes from a series of bloggers from across the world as well as the likes of football pundits Robbie Savage and Mark Lawrenson amongst others.
Besides being able to view general news, fans can also zero in on specific teams by letting the app know what their favorite side is.
Mirror Football is out now for all iOS devices and it’s a free download.
Despite being raised in the United States, I am an individual that has a healthy appreciation for the sport that the rest of the world calls “football.” As much as I much as I enjoy watching a bunch of grown men grope themselves on the gridiron every Saturday and Sunday, nothing can match the thrill of watching a well played match on the pitch. For this very reason virtually every type of of soccer game that has been released on the iOS has found permanent residence on my iOS devices, and it looks like I will need to make room for one more.
Just yesterday Gamegou, the developer of last year’s Soccer Stealers, announced that they would be bringing their extensive footie experience to the iPad with Soccer Stealers Reloaded. This is very promising news, especially given that the last entry in this franchise landed a solid review score over at our sister site, The Portable Gamer.
Easily the biggest improvement to the games doesn’t actually appear on screen, because it is the price tag, because now it is completely free. Even more remarkable is that despite the price drop, there are still more features included in the game. Here are some of the new things that are in store:
- Customize your character and Dress to Impress: What’s your style: Afro? Buzz? Shaved? Pony-tailed?
- Redeem medals for goodies: Collect medals and trade them in at our very own Gamegou shop
- Real-time match selections allowing you to enter matches currently being played in 3 major leagues: England, Germany, Italy
When you heap this on top of an already solid game, the question really becomes, why haven’t you downloaded it yet? Anyone who enjoys the fun of a day on the pitch will certainly find plenty to enjoy. Be sure to let us know what you think about it in the comments after you have taken it for a kick or two.
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It’s human nature to look back at the past and remember it more fondly than the present. Rose tinted glasses ensure that everything just seems that bit better back in the day. Soccer is no different. Having been a child of the 1980s and regularly reminded by my father how the sport was so much better when players weren’t paid millions upon millions and in the days when England were half decent at the game, I wish I’d been around more for the decade. Championship Manager 1980s Legends enables me to relive those halcyon days though and it makes for a pretty sound management title too.
Upon starting a new game, you get the choice of three periods during the 1980s – 1980, 1983 and 1986. In each case, historical events affect what happens. 1980 for example was the year in which Nottingham Forest were Kings of Europe but there was also the rise of hooliganism. By 1986 all English teams were banned from Europe due to the Heysel Stadium disaster. Each of these factors affect how the game plays out. It also means a plethora of soon to be greats. Load up 1980 and you get a very young Gary Lineker, available to buy at the tender age of 19.
The historical element is fantastic, especially being able to effectively change the history books, but it’s fortunate that this is backed up by an enjoyable football sim too. It’s perhaps not as detailed as Football Manager Handheld 2011 but then again the focus is on history and nostalgia rather than anything else.
Typical features such as creating your own tactics and playing styles, adjusting training schedules and set piece takers are all there. There’s also the media negotiations – charming journalists at press conferences, that adds an appropriate extra twist to things. Previous bugs that Championship Manager 2011 suffered from have clearly been ironed out as nothing peculiar occured results wise.
The in-game engine is a little poor to look at and bizarrely there’s no sound whatsoever in the game, but excluding these presentational elements, Championship Manager 1980s Legends provides a pretty sound game of football management. If you’re a child of the 80s like myself, you’ll love the nostalgia infused experience. It makes for a great change of pace and you can’t help but wonder why no one thought of it before.
Download Championship Manager 1980s Legends now, currently only available in the UK.
Ever since the start of the World Cup, we have seen a slew of soccer apps come out. Unfortunately, the majority of the apps are soccer simulations, leading to obvious limitations on the small iPhone screen. There’s just no good way to pack all of the complexities that soccer offers, from the moves to the different types of passes to the great shots… there just isn’t enough screen real estate for the needed buttons.
Instead of a traditional soccer game, Gamerizon has made a soccer game that looks like the iPhone version of Mario Strikers, just with simpler controls.
“There are no virtual pads or buttons. All that’s needed is one finger to control all offensive and defensive actions. To move, you just slide your finger on the screen. To pass, shoot or tackle, you just flick your finger in the direction you want your player or ball to go. That’s it! Those commands make Chop Chop Soccer™ the most intuitive soccer game ever created.”
Be sure to check out the video below, the game looks like a ton of fun.
Soccer Superstars manages to turn the harsh brutalities of a popular pastime (non-believers can visit youtube and/or the emails sent to them by their parents for indisputable video/photo evidence) into a deep, cute, cartoony game title for the iDevice that can be enjoyed by hardcore and novice fans alike.
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Pro Zombie Soccer, while adding to a painfully swelling genre of zombie games, actually comes through with some solid game play. This unique experience from Chillingo is a great addition to the app store.
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It’s been 4 long years since Italy gloriously hoisted the FIFA World Cup and proclaimed themselves the kings of soccer (football, futbol, calcio, etc.). There’s a deep field of 32 teams who will be vying for the 2010 crown and, while you can never count out old stalwarts like Brazil, Italy, and Germany, many countries have a legitimate shot at the trophy and their place in soccer immortality.
What’s different this time around? Well, this is the first World Cup to take place in the continent of Africa. Many of the players and coaches have changed throughout the years. But, as far as my fellow iPhone enthusiasts are concerned, the biggest difference is that this is the first World Cup to take place since Apple’s miracle device was born. There are several cool apps for just about everything these days, and the World Cup is no exception. Here are 4+ apps that every soccer fan should have on their iPhones over the next month of soccer nirvana…
FIFA World Cup
If you want a game that has all the pomp and circumstance of the tournament, EA’s FIFA World Cup does a good job of incorporating all those elements. As the only officially licensed game, FIFA World Cup lets you choose from 105 different countries on the quest to qualify for the competition and capture the trophy. There’s also a Captain Your Country Mode, where you become a virtual pro on your favorite team and try to guide them to victory. FIFA World Cup may not be the greatest game of soccer that you’ll play, but it has all of the official stadiums and requisite fanfare of the world’s greatest sporting event, including some amusingly blocky-looking fans. Soccer enthusiasts may also want to try X2 Soccer 2010 for perhaps a better simulation of the game, and Soccer Superstars for a more arcade-like approach. Neither have the spectacle of the World Cup license, but they are amongst the best soccer games in the app store at this time. Keep an eye out for Pro Evolution Soccer as well, as the legendary series will soon be making its debut on the iPhone.
Released: 2010-04-30 :: Category: Games :: Action
ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup
ESPN is the official home of the World Cup in the United States, and is offering an iPhone app that can be used to follow all of the latest happenings. Included in the free app is News, Live Scores, Schedules, Video, Stats, History, etc. For a robust $7.99 more, ESPN is promising Live Radio Streams of all the matches, timely in-game video highlights, expert analysis, premium alerts/notifications, and live play-by-play commentary. It remains to be seen if the upgrade is worth a purchase, but it is nice to have all this information included in a handy & attractive app. As an alternative, the Associated Press is offering a World Cup specific app for all of the latest soccer news, and Univision, the official Spanish language provider of the World Cup in the United States, is offering a comprehensive app of their own. It wasn’t that long ago when Univision was the only place to watch much of the best soccer, including the World Cup. Now where can I get a sweet Andres Cantor “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!” ring tone?
Released: 2009-12-03 :: Category: Sports
World Cup Trivia Challenge
Want to show off your stunning, yet normally useless amount of World Cup knowledge? World Cup Trivia Challenge lets you do just that in a surprisingly good game. Choose your side and play through a trivial facsimile of the World Cup including qualification, group stage, and the knock-out stage. Better yet, take on your friend at the bar in a head-to-head match of true fandom. Get 3 multiple choice questions right and you score a goal, but every wrong answer counts towards your opponent’s tally. Go back and forth in a timed match to see who scores the most goals, with a tie game going to a true/false penalty shootout. World Cup Trivia Challenge is a modest game, but it has some clever ideas and is just fun. It’s a great time-waster between matches, and an excellent way to score some hard-earned bragging rights.
Released: 2009-08-31 :: Category: Games
The most important app for this World Cup, however, is hands-down Vuvuzela 2010. If you don’t know about vuvuzelas before this World Cup, you will very shortly. A vuvuzela is a type of horn used by soccer fans, and it is especially prominent in South Africa. The crowds in South Africa will be blaring these horns during every second of every match. It may very well end up being one of the most distinguishing and memorable characteristics of the tournament. The deep, droning sounds of hundreds of vuvuzelas is reminiscent of a swarm of bees, just louder and more obnoxious. There were calls to ban the horns for the World Cup, but they’ll be there and they’ll be ever-present. If you don’t get to pick one up for yourselves, Vuvuzela 2010 does a great job of replicating the experience. Just pick the color of your horn to match your favorite team, turn up the volume as high as it can go, and shake or tap your phone. The effect is pretty genuine, and quite amusing. You might not be able to be at the World Cup in person, but Vuvuzela 2010 brings you that much closer. I suggest blaring it when people least suspect it, for maximum effect.
Released: 2009-08-18 :: Category: Entertainment
So, now that you and your iPhone will be prepared for the 2010 World Cup, who’s going to win? European champions Spain may be the prohibitive favorites, but I’ll go out on a limb and say England takes out Argentina in the finals. Okay, I put like zero thought into that, but it would be an interesting final (remember the Falklands?). Besides, England has an Italian coach, so that can’t be bad. Who do you think will go all the way? Post a comment if you have an opinion, or if you’ve found some other useful apps that all World Cup lovers shouldn’t be without…
Oh, and Go USA! Forza Italia! Viva Oranje!
For all you sports lovers out there, Gamevil, the acclaimed developer that brought us the fantastic Baseball Superstars series, as well as Zenonia and Vanquish, have submitted Soccer Superstars to Apple and are waiting for approval.
Soccer Superstars is a full featured soccer app that seems to me like a blend of the original NES Soccer and Mario Strikers. From the hands on video (which you should watch), the app is extremely fast paced and looks to use special boosts to create those super dramatic special shots.
There are five different play modes, exhibition, My League, Season Mode, Cup Mode, and Dramatic Mode. From the looks of a few screens, it seems that My League and Dramatic Mode will be the most fun. My League looks like a full featured soccer management mode that may include such sim features as salary and fan involvement. Dramatic Mode, while not nearly as involved, puts you in high pressure situations and forces you to win to go on.
Soccer Superstars looks to be the perfect solution for the post World Cup match hangover, especially if your team loses. Check out the video below and see for yourself. Enjoy!
The 2010 World Cup might still be a year away, but World Cup Trivia Challenge is a decent time-killer for those soccer fans out there wishing to beef up their knowledge of the international game.
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