As such, I figured I’d check out – and review – NFL Kicker 13. What’s that? I should’ve reviewed it at the beginning of the season? Shut it.
NFL Kicker 13 is from the same dudes as NFL Flick Quarterback, namely Full Fat. I’ll check out the latter in a few days, but for now we’re firmly focused on flicking and kicking.
Anyway! NFL Kicker 13; what’s the story? Essentially you control a little kicker dude, and the aim is to rack up XP in order to level up, and collect coins to buy junk from the store.
NFL Kicker 13 is entirely official, so you can choose from all 32 NFL teams. Not that it makes much difference in terms of gameplay, but it’s nice having the proper strips and branding and that.
Oh, and there’s also a little NFL news ticker that runs across the bottom of the screen. Nice.
So, you’ve created your guy and picked your team; it’s time to kick some field goals and level the heck up.
The first mode in NFL Kicker 13 is In The Zone. We’re kicking basic field goals, and it’s possible to chain together combos by repeatedly hitting the yellow zones (see the screenshot at the top).
Level up enough and you’ll unlock Coffin Corner. Here you’re kicking towards – you guessed it – the corner of the field, and ideally you want the ball to bounce in one of the bonus zones then off the field. The closer to the corner, the better.
Finally, there’s Time Attack, which is pretty self-explanatory.
Yeah, so, in terms of game modes, there’s not a whole lot going on. I unlocked and blasted through everything in around a couple of hours. I’ll probably go back to it on occasion, but I can’t say I felt immediately compelled to continue leveling up and that.
It might’ve been quite nice to have some scenarios or whatever; maybe some classic field goal moments from the history books, or at least a career mode.
If you do fancy sticking with it, there’s a heck of a lot of stuff to buy, including strips, gear, power-ups, and stadium upgrades.
However, as NFL Kicker is free (for iOS, at least), it predictably takes a while to save up for stuff, and there’s that niggling feeling that Full Fat wants you to fork out your wallet rather than steadily progress through the game.
And that’s NFL Kicker 13. Worth a punt (pun intended) if you’re an iOS user; Android users, be aware that you might resent forking out 69p.
- All 32 NFL teams
- Three game modes
- Looks pretty awesome
- Crying out for a career mode
- Takes ages to save up for stuff
- Bit sucky that it’s 69p for Android
Summary: NFL Kicker 13 invites you to, er, kick field goals and stuff. It could stand to be a lot deeper, but it does have all 32 NFL teams, and it looks great.
Developer: Full Fat
iOS requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: Requires Android 2.2 (FroYo) or above.