5 Best Football Game Apps for Your Mobile
If you own a mobile phone, tablet, or any device with a screen, the chances are you've played a football game on the move.
In an increasingly packed market, it's often quite difficult to root out the quality titles from the terrible. Mobile play has become big business, and alongside it, so have games that centre on you scoring goals, making tackles and living the high life.
With that in mind, here's the top five mobile football games released to date, ranked for your pleasure.
5. FIFA 13
Metacritic score: 90/100
I'm well aware FIFA 14 is available right now across the mobile spectrum. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near the quality of last year's title from EA Sports.
FIFA 13 gives you decent control in a thoughtful, challenging and rewarding game. While you shouldn't expect console-styled realism, you'll need to carefully select passes, build momentum and utilise tactics across a variety of game modes.
You can take squads through full careers, participate in Ultimate Team and bypass the need for a gimmicky multi-touch system that makes FIFA 14 far more complex than it needs to be.
4. Score! Classic Goals
Metacritic score: 86/100
You may have noticed a number of Score! sequels popping up over the last year.
This is largely due to the series producing a simplistic and rewarding formula that serves as the perfect time sink when you've got a few minutes spare.
As noted in the title, this game tasks you with mimicking memorable goals of years gone by. A quick run of the successful strike tells you where the ball needs to go, and it's your job to replicate the astonishing talents of players including Andres Iniesta, David Beckham and Ronaldinho.
There's something glorious about a title that manages to be entertaining and remind players of football's greatest moments. If you're looking for some sporting nostalgia, pick this up straight away.
3. Flick Kick Football
Metacritic score: 82/100
Many mobile football games involve flicking of some sort, but it's Flick Kick Football that provides the most competitive, speedy and rewarding experience.
A large part of this comes down to the online functionality. Connecting quickly with opponents isn't one of the mobile gaming world's strong points, but you can set up a game and compete against real-world rivals in seconds here.
The premise of swiping your finger toward goal, often over a wall or from a difficult angle, doesn't set this product apart from many others, but the control does.
While many will prefer the ironically slow pace of Fluid Football—a more tactical title—it doesn't provide the same amount of precision in your shooting. Flick Kick Football will have you powering, curling and scoring shots with exactly the flight you put in.
2. Football Manager Handheld 2014
Metacritic score: 80/100
Football Manager, in some form or another, has been part of the gaming spectrum for an eternity now, but that doesn't make this year's version any less impressive.
While hardcore players will undoubtedly spend plenty of time addressing minor tactical changes in the PC version, the mobile app is perfect for those who wish to play an in-depth, yet scaled back alternative.
FM Handheld 2014 plays similar to last year's game and could perhaps use a little more tactical depth. That said, it runs extremely quickly, offers a realistic game of football and will last you until the next title comes out.
While the price is a little steep at £6.99, you'll certainly get your money's worth.
1. New Star Soccer
Metacritic Score: 86/100
If you haven't played New Star Soccer by now, you've probably heard of it.
This game does exactly what every decent mobile title should: It's addictive, easy to grasp and can be played in short bursts.
Many of us have dreamed about the riches of playing football, but many of us will have to settle doing it in virtual form. New Star Soccer pits you in the fast lane and forces you to deal with the daily troubles of being a sporting hero while maintaining a high level of performance on the pitch.
You might choose to buy a new car, perhaps a new house, or even a mobile phone (because receiving up-to-the-second abuse on Twitter is fun).
Most vitally, scoring goals will catch the eye of bigger clubs, many of whom can offer higher wages and greater chance of success. All you need to do is drag an arrow across the screen, set the degree of your shot, and hope for the best.
Which mobile football games are your favourite? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.