Soccer, football, the beautiful game, or “22 guys in shorts running after a ball.” There are many ways to refer to what, for many, is the best sport in the world. With the World Cup 2014 in full throttle, soccer will be on everyone’s mind during the next month.
Not just playing on the field, however, one of the best ways to play soccer is as a video game. From Pele’s Soccer (Atari, 1981), which is considered the first soccer video game in history, to the upcoming FIFA 15, there are a ton of games that have come out on platforms ranging from consoles, to regular old computers, to now, more than ever, mobile devices.
Here, I’ll show you some of the best soccer games for mobile devices that can help curb your enthusiasm for the sport in-between matches.
The mobile version inherits all the benefits of the console version, and is arguably the best mobile installment from FIFA that’s been launched to date.
The playability is unquestionable, the controls have been improved, and the variety of official licenses and championships is overwhelming, not to mention that its free! Well, it’s sort of free– you can play Ultimate Team mode for free, but you have to pay to access the other modes.
Real Football 2013
If there’s a game that can can knock on FIFA 14’s door and say “Hey, I’m here!”, it’s Real Football 2013, a soccer simulator that’s completely different.
I can say that the 2013 version is a change from previous versions. Real Football 2013 has put all its efforts into linking soccer to the business side, although doing so at the expense of the simulation itself. As with FIFA 14, Real Football 2013 is also free, although every so often, the game will try to get you to spend money.
Dynamite Pro World Championship Soccer
The point of these games isn’t polished graphics or fluid movement, but to enjoy a soccer game like you did in the 90s. Fun gameplay and speed are the hallmarks of Dynamite Pro World Championship Soccer.
- Download Dynamite Pro World Championship Soccer: iOS
Flick Kick Football
There is life after soccer simulators, and Flick Kick is proof of that. Touch screens open up the possibility of an original and extremely addictive game concepts.
In Flick Kick Football, you score goals swiping with your fingers and achieve different objectives, depending on the mode you’re playing in. Once you begin to master the effects and score real goals, you simply can’t stop playing.
Football Kicks is a more realistic version of Flick Kick Football. The graphics are more elaborate, and fouls are more realistic with more variation. In terms of fun, though, that’s pretty much it.
If your heroes are sharpshooters like Maradona, Beckham, Pantic, or Mihajlovic, Football Kicks will make you appreciate the beauty of their play.
Score! World Goals
If you’re not a crazy soccer fan, stop reading now. If you are, then you can’t miss Score! World Goals.
In Score! World Goals, you try to recreate mythical goals, all of which have been engrained in the minds of soccer fans worldwide. There are goals from World Cups, European Cups, and Champions League from the 80s. The best part? When you get to the hardest level you’ll be invited to rewrite history and change the result of these decisive moments.
Soccer on the field may not be for everyone, but there’s definitely an opportunity to spice things up with a mobile version of your favorite game, all with different methods of play.
If you want want to follow this year’s World Cup on mobile, make sure to check out our article on how to track, follow, and watch every game.