Subbuteo is what football fans played before the invention of electricity. It%26rsquo;s a board game featuring little wobbly plastic footballers whose lower legs have been horrifically and traumatically moulded into a dome shape %26ndash; meaning the only way they can kick the ball is via a flick of your fingers.
Here%26rsquo;s the much unanticipated electronic version, with touch screen controls that you%26rsquo;ll dismiss as useless within two seconds, as the dots that represent your players are literally no bigger than flakes of dandruff. You might successfully select a player maybe once out of every five attempts.
The controls are needlessly fiddly for this kind of thing, but those who persevere will at least find a faithful version of the game under the no-rent presentation. But for us, the only part of the experience that amused was the back of the box slogan, %26lsquo;Get ready for flick off!%26rsquo;, which, owing to the chunky font, reads like a rather more unsavoury battle cry.
Oct 16, 2008