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Deadball Specialist HD review (iPad)

April 17, 2011

  “Here we go, here we go, here we go (etc.)”

10 word description: Football (soccer) free-kick / target-shooting. Quickfire and Challenge modes.

10 word review: Addictive, polished, free-kick sim; fine-tuned as a target shooter.

You will like this if you enjoy: Football. Flick-to-kick target shooting, such as Paper Toss, Flick Golf. 

In Quickfire mode, you get as many shots as you can take in 60 seconds. Distance and angle are fairly random in this mode.

The good news: You don’t really have to like football at all to fully enjoy this game – I’m a good example of this. It’s polished, smooth, instantly accessible and really rather addictive once you get the hang of the controls. The two modes (Quickfire and Challenge) offer quite different experiences.

Challenge mode gives you fairly hard targets and then sticks a couple of blokes in the way just to make it even tougher.

The bad news: Not really bad news, but even after a lot of practice it is still very hard to get a decent score on anything other than the easiest levels.

You get the most points and praise for hitting the centre (the red bit) of the target. Just in case you needed that to be explained...

Arcadelife verdict: In the same way that Flick Golf isn’t really a golf game, this isn’t really a football game. As a free-kick arcade/simulator it is very good. You are presented with a series of archery style targets in various positions on a football (soccer) goal. You can adjust your view angle before shooting and put all kinds of spin on the ball as you flick/kick it. This shot bending becomes essential as soon as defenders start to appear, forming a wall between you and the goal.

Separate high-score tables for each mode

 Games are very quick, either with a 60 second time limit in Quickfire mode or with a limited number of targets being presented in challenge mode. It’s pick-up-and-play gaming at its finest. Football loving iPad owners won’t really need anything else. The rest of us just have to get over the whole ‘football’ thing to enjoy a very polished, challenging game that requires a degree of skill and practice to come anywhere near beating.

Arcadelife rating: 79/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2

iTunes link

Deadball Specialist website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.1)
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