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Subbuteo review

Could also be known as Fleaflicker


  • Faithful version of the game
  • Funny slogan
  • Induces nostalgia


  • Nearly nonexistent visuals
  • Useless touch screen controls
  • Disturbingly mangled players

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

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Description<p>An average interpretation of a physical game made long obsolete by the video games you play today.</p>
US censor rating
UK censor rating3+
Release date: (US), 18 September 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
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