A quick view of the name of this app might lead to hopes of a revival of the ancient Amiga and Atari ST soccer franchise, Kick Off! While that may be disappointing for some, for everyone else there is a fun and interesting American Football based game that can provide entertainment in small doses.
Now, regular readers will know that one of my pet hates when it comes to simple games is when they have not had their mechanics built on with modes, stages and features. Luckily, that is not the case here, as the developer has built a fair dose of content around the basic gameplay in Kickoff Rush, with more than enough gametime included to add plenty to the formula.
The game puts you in the shoes of an American Football player, tasked with running the ball to the end zone. There are many opposing players attempting to stop you from doing this, and it is up to you to try to get past them in any way you can. You can dodge by jumping over tackles, slide and rush as your player automatically runs along. The controls are very easy to use, and you will be scoring in no time.
I like the look of the game, with big chunky sprites that have a nice retro, early 1990’s arcade feel to them. The opposing players are all fairly humourous as they trundle up to you, although I do feel that the animation could be improved somewhat. The music and sound effects are also suitably retro, and fit in with the theme of the game perfectly.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
This fast paced, side scrolling football game, puts you right in the action as you dodge, slide into, and rush through opposing football players. Will you make it to the playoffs? Will you win the Championship game? Put your skills to the test! Pick your favorite team color or even challenge a friend in multiplayer mode. With addicting nostalgic gameplay, you’ll never suffer through a commercial break during the big game again!
The blurb above says you will never have to suffer through another commercial break again, and that is where I feel the game fits the best; small sessions over time. The gameplay is decent, although it does get repetitive, so if you play as the developer intended, you will get the most out of the game.
There is plenty here to keep you playing as well, with seasons, championships and even a competitive two player mode, over Game Center, to get involved with friends in. I feel the creator of the game has got the balance between offering plenty of content, while also staving off the repetitive nature of the game by encouraging short play sessions, just right.
The game is free to download and play, and is ad-supported, although these can be switched off for a small fee, and there are also extra team colours that can be unlocked for a further IAP. These kinds of IAPs are the right kind, as they don’t affect the gameplay in any way and you could quite easily play the game without having to pay a penny, but the option is there if you need it.
Overall, this is a fun game that won’t hurt your pocket at all, and will provide the promised entertainment in the ad breaks while you are watching the real thing. The two player mode and stacks of content are the icing on a surprisingly robust cake.