Euro Soccer App Review – The Competition Comes to iPhone

Euro Soccer ($0.99) is another title to add to the very short list of fully-fledged football games available for iPhone. It has released just in time for the first day of the tournament and aims to bridge the gap between the developer’s First Touch Soccer released last year and the next installment expected later this year.

It builds that bride very well as it includes more animations, improved graphics and a new feel. You’ll notice the improvements as soon as you dive into the game. The controls remain the same with an easy-to-use A, B and C scheme. Press one to pass, another to lob and the last to shoot. The longer you hold down the buttons, the more power you add to the shot and therefore the less accurate it will be.

Similar to First Touch Soccer, the controls feature an attacking method when you enter the final third of the pitch. If there is no obvious pass or shot available, all three buttons will switch to cross the ball into the area. This is extremely useful when you’re a lonesome player on the flank and need somebody to get in the box and header it into the bottom corner, preventing the need to hesitate as to which button to press. However, sometimes this doesn’t work because the game might think that there is an obvious pass available when there clearly isn’t.

Another problem I experienced when playing the game is one that I’ve had with all of First Touch’s footy titles. Unlike FIFA, when you press pass, you have to hold it down unnecessarily if you want it to go to the player. If you simply tap it, the pass won’t go far and will be out in the open, available for the opposition to gain possession. It would be much easier if the pass button actually made the player pass the ball rather than a sloppy effort.

Animations are really important to make a sports title realistic. Euro Soccer has lots of them – when you score a goal, miss an open goal, save a penalty or even run into other players while you’re chasing for possession. These are accompanied by improved commentary. The commentator has a range of phrases to say that make it varied but he could do with a partner to converse with, like Martin Tyler and Alan Smith in FIFA. Still, at least he doesn’t mispronounce the players’ names embarrassingly like the guy in Gameloft’s Real Football 2012.

What surprised me in Euro Soccer is that all the players seem to be licenced, so you can control your favourite players and not some fake alternative. The whole tournament is yours for the taking from the group stages to the knock-out stages through to the final.

Euro Soccer is definitely welcome on my iPhone, and it should be on yours. Its graphics, animations and gameplay all make up for an excellent game despite its few flaws here and there. Plus, it seems to be the only game for iOS that lets you play through the Euros with your national team.

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Written by guest writer Daven Gomes.