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Addictive Football

Developer - Addictive 247

“It’s football not soccer!” proclaims the message at the start of the game. Only thing is, it’s not. While this top-down five-a-side soccer sim does provide some glimmers of entertainment thanks to its end-to-end, all-out attacking gameplay, it’s simply too riddled with shortfalls to be able to recommend.

For starters, the inadequate control system lacks a “change player” key, meaning you’re left at the mercy of the auto-change function, which often leaves you well off the pace. What’s more, all the players are clones, collision detection is suspect and the four playing surfaces (grass, astro, indoors and concrete) seem virtually identical in all but appearance.

Once you get to grips with the controls and simplistic playing style, you can ping the ball around fairly convincingly, but with a lack of depth and variety, this isn’t so much addictive as a fleeting novelty.

Stick with New Star Soccer 3 or Sensational Soccer. They’re far more entertaining and realistic portrayals of football (not soccer) than this threadbare though entertaining attempt at reproducing the beautiful game.

GamesRadar Score - 6

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