Ac­tive Soc­cer 2

Indie Dev 1 – Ma­jor Stu­dio 0

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS GAMES -

£2.99 De­vel­oper: Gian­luca Troiano, the­fox­soft­ware.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0.7

Es­chew­ing the re­al­ism pre­ferred by mod­ern footie games, Ac­tive Soc­cer 2 re­sem­bles clas­sic over­head fare like Sen­si­ble Soc­cer and Kick Off 2. As such, matches are fast-paced, al­most akin to pin­ball at times. De­spite not look­ing re­al­is­tic, they still feel close to how you imag­ine high-oc­tane matches to be.

The con­trols can be a touch flaky (although they’re rock solid with an MFi game con­troller) and the game it­self is raw, but there’s tons of depth, in­clud­ing cham­pi­onships and full sea­sons. Start­ing at the bot­tom is tough, given that your team’s best strik­ers won’t be able to hit a barn door that’s right in front of them, but the game re­wards per­se­ver­ance.

Play as Chelsea on ‘easy’ by all means if you want to dive in and rule the footie world. For the grafters, delve into the depths of the Con­fer­ence and pre­pare your­self for sore thumbs. Craig Gran­nell

Very much an indie ti­tle, but we’ll take AS2’s flaws and fun over FIFA’s dull TV-style high­lights any day.

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