NFL Kicker! Review
- Full Fat's polished flick-based controls remain as smooth as ever.
- Coffin Corner Pro provides a real flick challenge for high-score junkies.
- NFL themed customizations add to the spirit of the sport.
- Nothing particularly revolutionary about the gameplay; variations on similar titles or previous modes in Full Fat's repertoire.
NFL Flick Kicker is yet another polished release from Full Fat, but it would have been great to see the developer push the limits a little further.
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The last time Full Fat dropped a game on to the App Store we were treated to a unique take on the sport as players focused their attention on the role of the quarterback. In continuing with their NFL licensed releases the developer has switched to kicking field goals, bringing it more in line with their previous titles.
For those not already familiar with flick-based sports titles, the basic gameplay revolves around attempting to flick a ball (in this case an American football) in to an increasingly difficult to hit goal as the player is moved further and further away with wild winds to contend with. Full Fat's 'after flick' controls allow the player to correct their aim once the ball is in flight, adding a level of skill in nailing ultra-complex bulls-eyes.
'In The Zone' mode covers this style of gameplay with additional modes unlocking as you earn enough points to rank up. First to unlock is 'Coffin Corner' mode with players attempting to punt the ball out of bounds as close to the end zone as possible, while also hopefully picking up a multiplier by bouncing the ball first. Next is 'Time Attack' with additional time bonuses being awarded if you can hit the highlighted zones in order; and lastly players can unlock 'Hit The Uprights' where players have a limited amount of attempts at doing just what the title says, moving further away with each successful clear. There is a final 'Coffin Corner Pro' mode, however this is simply Coffin Corner with a further initial distance and added winds - a true challenge for veteran players.
If you're a fan of NFL you'll be glad to know you can represent your favorite team in the game as you customize your avatar, resulting in small, but appreciated visual changes such as adding the team logo to the field and changing the colors worn by people in the stands.
Unfortunately everything about the game feels 'by-the-numbers' and while Full Fat's usual polished standard is showcased in NFL Flick Kicker, the game seems to be aimed at those who have yet to experience flick-based titles. It would have been great to see the developer step out of its comfort zone on this one, but still, if you want a quick and challenging flick title you could do far worse than pick up this title.
Description★★The #1 NFL Kicker game on mobile!★★
Features all 32 official NFL teams!
Become an NFL Kicker! Choose your team, customize your player and get ready for the ultimate placekicker game.
Depth of play includes PUNTING coffin corner kicks, placekicking FIELD GOALS and MORE across five game modes!
Legendary football flick and ‘after-touch’ controls from Full Fat as seen in NFL Flick Quarterback, featured by Apple in Benchmark games and Intuitive controls.
Awesome graphics set in the Super Bowl XLVI themed Lucas Oil Stadium featuring you as the kicker, the placekick holder, officials, cheerleaders and the most detailed field artwork in a kicker game yet!
Get in the zone kicking FIELD GOALS with ultimate accuracy in two games based around kicking accuracy. Hit gold bars for bonus score, clear score bands between the uprights for big points. Take them out in the right order for legendary scores. Play against the clock or focus on accuracy with increasing wind and distance.
PUNT the ball out of bounds as close to the end zone as possible. Score huge bonuses for bouncing close to the corner. Coffin Corner is a true test of football skill.
Finally, the ultimate test of your kicking accuracy in the bonus game mode HIT THE UPRIGHTS! Feel the adrenaline as you hit an upright from 50 yards in high wind!
•Kick field goals like a pro NFL footballer
•Punt coffin corner kicks with casual and pro game modes
•Hit the uprights in a true test of Kicker skill
•Pick your favorite team and customize your jersey, name and number
•Play in the Super Bowl XLVI Lucas Oil Stadium
•XP Level up system based on your kicking skill
•Live NFL news feed ticker
•Dancing cheerleaders before the game
•Game Center leaderboards and achievements
•Superb high resolution graphics
•Stunningly enhanced for iPhone 4S