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The very best soccer games for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Kieran Robertson on June 27th, 2018

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With the FIFA World Cup going on in Russia right now everyone has football on the brain. The FIFA video game series has done tremendously well on consoles with chart-topping annual releases since the 90s. But what about mobile? What great football games are out on IOS that will tide you over until the next World Cup match?

We’ve found three games on the App Store that you should definitely check out. If you know of any other great football games post them in the comments below! So, let’s kick off with our first game.

An International Cup Themed Update for Flick Kick Football Legends is Available Now

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 1st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESTRICTIVE FLICK KICKING :: Read Review »

The World Cup is still in full swing so it's an ideal time for soccer games to be updated, which will explain why that's happened with Flick Kick Football Legends.

The game now offers cut scenes for the International Cup, a new skill change in the form of Stare Down, an increased stamina bottle (up to 16 slots), and the option to play the International Cup in a suitably-themed stadium. Clearer explanations for the country link skill have also been included.

Flick Kick Football Legends is free to download from the App Store, so of course that means the update is free, too!

Pixel Cup Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW CHARM
Cute but ultimately a little too simple, Pixel Cup Soccer might entertain for a brief time but it's a little too shallow for anything weightier than that.
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Tiny Cup Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on June 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
It might be quicker on its feet than Messi, but Tiny Cup can't keep up the pace for long.
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Soccerinho Teaches Players to 'Bend it Like Beckham'

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There was once a time in nearly every person's life when they enjoyed partaking in childish shenanigans. A perfect example of these events include things like pickup games of football in the yard, involving all of the neighborhood kids. Well now, thanks to the new game Soccerinho, you can relive these childhood memories - only with a different kind of football.

Featuring a collection of soccer-centric mini-games, Soccerinho will take players on an atmospheric adventure back to the streets of Prague, long before the days of this World Cup madness. The title's 84 levels should offer more than enough ball bending fun to keep players busy for the foreseeable future.

Soccerinho is available now as a Universal app for $4.99.

Worms 3 Goes World Cup Crazy in Latest Update

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MORE WORMY GOODNESS :: Read Review »

In the newest update for Worms 3Team 17 has welcomed in the World Cup by bringing in soccer-themed elements to celebrate. Alongside some minor bug fixes, this update makes it so in-game menus and grenades are now soccer-themed, with two new soccer-themed hats also available for your worms to wear.

Worms 3 is available now for $4.99.

Pixel Cup Soccer from Batovi Games Launched for iOS

Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW CHARM :: Read Review »

Batovi Games is doing its part to help spread World Cup fever with its new iOS game Pixel Cup Soccer. The game sports a retro look and incorporates virtual controls for passing, running, and shooting. It comes in two flavors: free and paid.

The paid version (the Cup Edition) has 16 international teams, and players can play friendlies, compete for the "Pixel Cup" and (on only iPad) can play local multiplayer. It also has leaderboards and Facebook functionality. The free version (Crush Brazil Maracanazo Edition) allows folks to relive the 1950 World Cup, in which Uruguay upset host Brazil in the penultimate game of the 4-team final. In this version, gameplay is based upon scoring to add time to the game clock.

Pixel Cup Soccer is available for $1.99 on the App Store.

Soccer Rally 2 World Cup Update Adds International Appeal

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOALKEEPING :: Read Review »

Just when you thought it was safe to return to the pitch, Soccer Rally 2 developer IceFlame announces a new World Cup-inspired update. The aptly titled "World Championship" patch allows for players to pick their allegiances, and play under the colors and shield of their favorite nation. Each of the fifty included international teams will be ranked as per their current standing going into the festivities in Brazil and will act as a compelling backdrop for the game's tournament mode.

But that is not all, because this interesting twist on gameplay will also apply to all multiplayer modes as well. Keep your eyes peeled to the App Store for this free update coming on June 5.

Soccer Rally 2 is available now as a Universal app for free.

New Snaptee App Lets You Make Your Own World Cup Soccer Shirt

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 27th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

With the World Cup set to start in only a couple weeks, Snaptee have created an app to allow anyone to create their own football-related t-shirt. The World Soccer 2014 - Snaptee app contains over 32 vibrant style templates, covers every country that has qualified, and users can personalize their shirt design by adding their own name and number on the back. Users can then share their design on social media and order it within the app, with the t-shirts priced at $29.99 plus international shipping to anywhere in the world.

The World Soccer 2014 - Snaptee app is available now on the App Store and is free to download.

Call of the Vuvuzela: moblio.nl Strikes Gold

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on June 29th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The vuvuzela horn, unknown before this year's World Cup, has quickly gained global recognition. And how could it not? The horn's singular call—persistent, loud, and ever-present—is unmistakable, though annoyingly enough it sounds a lot like a swarm of buzzing bees.

The developers at moblio.nl obviously heard something very different in the vuvuzela's call, though: they rushed to create a free app, Vuvuzela 2010, that mimicked the horn's now-legendary sound. Add in a choice of country to support, and Vuvuzela 2010 had everything it needed to rocket to the top of App Store charts worldwide.

Needing to monetize their success, moblio.nl quickly integrated AdMob ads. Vuvuzela 2010 has been downloaded 3.5 million times, and that adds up. The developers claim that they're "earning several tens of thousands dollars per week" via the advertising in Vuvuzela 2010. Wow! Now that the app has iPad support, too, I suspect that Vuvuzela will continue to rake in the dough at least until the World Cup's conclusion.

Of course, Vuvuzela 2010's success isn't just due to its timely arrival. The app itself is well made, if basic; and besides, it's free. If you want to join the World Cup revels with your own pocketable, obnoxious vuvuzela—or if you just want to see what the fuss is about—go ahead and download it. We're not responsible for the resulting torment of younger siblings / pets / significant others / etc, okay?

Foosball HD from Illusion Labs Released

Posted by Jeff Scott on June 14th, 2010
iPad App - Designed for iPad

The latest game from Illusion Labs, the app masters behind Best App Ever winner Labyrinth 2 and nominees TouchGrind and Sway have released a tabletop Foosball game for the iPad. Just in time to relive the USA vs. England World Cup match the way it should have ended.

I got a chance to play a the game during WWDC while the guys were here in SF. It's a fun and very natural feeling game for the iPad. Simplified a little for the screen, each player has fewer bars and players to control. The ball movement is particularly well done as is the lighting on the players. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of complexity possible in the shots.

The game works either as a single or multiplayer game, but as with most games, it's much more fun with 2 or more. You could play 2-on-2 as well -- though if you have big fingers, the screen might get a little cramped. If you have an iPad, this is a great example app to show people, and it's pretty fun too. Foosball HD is available now, in the App Store, for $0.99.

Favorite 4: Apps for the World Cup!

Posted by Robert Corra on June 11th, 2010

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.

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?

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.

Vuvuzela 2010

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.

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!

FIFA World Cup Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Harvell on May 12th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DISAPPOINTING
With the World Cup in South Africa fast approaching, many will be hunting for a decent iPhone soccer game. Is EA’s latest international offering what sports fans are looking for?
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World Cup Trivia Challenge

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ben Terrett on September 24th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUIZ TIME
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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