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Super Bowl XLVIII: Score a Touchdown with These Six Apps (Plus One Extra)

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 31st, 2014

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and as always, there are plenty of apps that can help you watch the game or enrich the gameday experience. Appropriately enough, here are six apps; with an extra app that’s not necessarily football-related but could make a Super Bowl party more fun.

Fox Sports Go: If, for whatever reason, you can’t get to a TV but have an iPad with you, Fox Sports’ official app will be streaming the Super Bowl on iPads. iPhone and iPod users are out of luck, and the app requires login with one of six supported TV providers, so not everyone can take advantage of it. But for those in the Venn diagram of “able to watch Super Bowl on iPad” and “need to watch Super Bowl on iPad,” Fox has got you covered.

SportsCenter: Maybe you just want to follow the score of the game while it’s happening, checking stats and whatnot. ESPN’s app is one of the best for that, and its push notifications ensure that no important sports news goes missed. So if, say, you get stuck working on Super Sunday but want to know when a team scores, this app will keep you in the know.

NFL Mobile: Another way to get scores is with the league’s official app. This boasts the advantage of also having game highlights, streaming video, Super Bowl commercials, and even support for those actually at the game or in New York with iBeacon support. [Editor's Disclaimer: If in New York, please don't use the app while on the "toboggan run."]

NFL Connect: The one thing the NFL playoffs are missing is the “game-within-a-game” of fantasy football. This app might fill some of that void during the Super Bowl: compete with friends by guessing which events will happen first to get points and filling out your 4x4 bingo card. Look, it’s either this or fantasy Puppy Bowl.

Foodie Recipes: Look, you could order pizza and wings for Sunday, or you could cook some frozen appetizers. Boring. Why not do something a bit more creative, like make the food yourself. This app provides some fancy recipes for gameday like beer cheddar waffles. I’ve never had one, but as a Chicagoan I love decadent food, and I want one.

Seamless: So let's say you try to make a beer cheddar waffle and you fail miserably and now the kitchen's messed up as though Octodad rolled on through - like what would happen if I tried to make one. You’ll need a backup plan. Don’t just call a pizza chain: use this app to find plenty of nearby places that deliver, including perhaps off-the-beaten-path ones that might be able to bring food before the game ends! Huzzah!

Spaceteam: Look, do you really want to watch a freezing Bruno Mars perform at the halftime show? Or watch eons of pregame coverage? You’ll have far more fun if you gather together some iOS and Android devices for this fun party game, which now has an experimental 8-player mode available from the upgrades menu. There’ll be more yelling and screaming than when a big play happens in the 4th quarter.

Football Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on November 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT QUITE HEROIC
Football Heroes has a good game of football at its core, but some of the missing features are killer.
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PBA Bowling Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on November 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ON A ROLL
While not a surefire strike, PBA Bowling Challenge still has the potential to cause plenty of damage to a wallet.
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Soccer Moves Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TACTICAL SCORING
Soccer Moves is a fun and cute twist on the usual soccer and puzzle concepts.
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Real Steel: World Robot Boxing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANOTHER CYBERNETIC HIT
The movie may not have been a hit, but it did create a fantastic mobile game. Its follow up is a knockout as well.
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3D Urban Golf Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on September 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: BELOW PAR
A messy interface and unexciting controls means that 3D Urban Golf is less fun than it should be.
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Mutant Football League to Resurrect One of Gaming's Greatest Sports Series. Hopefully.

Posted by Rob Rich on September 16th, 2013

Mutant League Football is probably one of the (if not the) most beloved alternative football video games in history. At least as far as an adoring, nostalgia-driven cult following goes. And after what feels like decades, because it has been decades, the ultra violent and gloriously twisted take on one of America's most popular sports is back! Or at least it's trying to come back.

Series creator Michael Mendheim has turned to Kickstarter to try and bring the spiritual successor of the EA classic to multiple platforms, including iOS! The project is still in the early stages, but the plan is to keep all the violence and tongue-in-cheek humor fans have been craving intact.

As one of those fans who's been lamenting the distinct lack of Mutant League over the past 20 years, I could not be more excited about this. Of course it's too soon to know how it's going to turn out, or even if it's going to meet its $750,000 goal in time, but simply knowing that the series' creator is interested in bringing it back is more than enough for me!

Joust Legend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on September 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A GORGEOUS RIDE
Jousting is a time-honored tradition that has been woefully under-represented on iOS. Joust Legend aims to bring an end to this tragic injustice.
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Create, Manage, and Follow Your Own Custom Soccer Streams with FTBpro - The Football News App

Posted by Rob Rich on September 9th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

From what I understand, football (i.e. soccer) has the most intense fanbase of any sport. And intense fans require intense apps, right?

Okay, so maybe FTBpro - The Football News App isn't necessarily intense, but it certainly seems useful. It enables users to create their own custom news feeds that follow only the leagues and teams they want. In addition to up-to-date match stats and scores via push notifications, naturally.

Bleacher Buddy

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Mike Deneen on September 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT HELPFUL
Ever wondering when that game will be on TV? Guess no more with Bleacher Buddy. It still won't cure a favorite player's performance issues, though
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Fluid Soccer Versus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Andrew Stevens on August 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TACTICAL FUN
Fluid Soccer Versus brings tactical situations from the pitch and puts players in control with their fingertips.
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Dunk Dreams Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DUNK-BASED STRATEGY
Take on opponents in this one-on-one, turn-based street hoops game.
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Action Bowling 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on June 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPARE
Action Bowling 2 is a bowling simulator with easy gameplay and 2 types of multi-player modes.
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Stickman Tennis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STICK-BASED LOBS
Keeping it simple, Stickman Tennis is a fun, arcadey sports game.
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Showstopper Basketball Review

Posted by Marquice Johnson on May 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Mobage, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Graphics / Sound Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

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I’ve haven’t played many sports titles on iOS with good reason; like fighting games, the gameplay is all dependent on latency. For developer Mobage, Inc., the solution for translating fast-paced hoops to the non-buttoned platform is to remove the ability to play basketball all together. Instead, we are left with a situational analysis app, an almost coaching approach, where every player action is dictated by the statistical probability of its outcome. From passing to shooting to playing defense, each action is a timed decision where players must choose the best course of action to score a bucket.

The way Showstopper sets up this grand experiment is placing a 5-member squad against an opposing team in league play; the catch is that I didn't actually play but rather governed the team of stars. After the opening tip, it is up to me to decide the actions of the team ,as every two seconds the players pause and I am given five seconds to decide whether to dish the rock or shoot the pill. This may seem to be a lengthy process but as each game takes less than three minutes to complete, I am hungered, like looking for seconds on Thanksgiving with none to be found. Upon loading the first match-up, my first thought is, “this is different." However, by the tenth league game, I'm sure that I'm not enjoying the basketball portion nearly as much as the collectible card game (CCG) component.

Did I utter basketball and CCG in the same sentence? That I did. How Mobage came to the conclusion to unite the two is well beyond me but what I do know is that it feels compelling enough to stick with (even if basketball gameplay is non-existent). At the conclusion of every match-up, the standouts from my team level up and continue to gain xp that translates into new abilities on the court. So, instead of continually shooting jump shots right under the basket, new window options of “layup” or “dunk” appear at my coaching disposal. Customizations are also the rave, as new gear equates to in-game attribute bonuses. With the gamut of CCG depth for such a simplistic sport, I could not help but imagine what could have been if this type of CCG were layered onto a different genre.

Is Showstopper Basketball a great sporting experience with excellent b-ball gameplay? Absolutely not. Is it worth a glance to imagine what cool CCG and sports could possibly become on iOS? Absolutely.