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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Kickin' Soccer Reviewed
8:20 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of Kickin' Soccer from Phelios. The game gives players the chance to play soccer on their Macs, choosing from 16 different international squads including England, Brazil, and Germany. Kickin' Soccer managed to score 3.5 out of 5 mice from The Game Room.

Play balancing seems to be a bit off. The computer-controlled players can be absurdly tough, even if you’re playing a ridiculously mismatched game. The game also gives you no way of controlling which player you’re playing as—it will always default to the player closest to the ball. This makes it near impossible to switch to a defenseman, for example, if you’ve lost control of the ball and you’re chasing the opposing team’s forward as he kicks the ball down the pitch.

Sound effects are good—the game is chock full of stadium noise: The sounds of crowds cheering and chanting as their teams score or stage an active offense. The game is available as a Universal Binary that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs alike.

Graphics are simple and to the point—chunky players throw up their hands in the air and jump up and down when they score a goal; their arms and legs move as they run up and down the pitch, and they’ll kick their legs outward as they try to steal the ball. Like I said, it’s very reminiscent of the games of another era that I loved so much.

Kickin' Soccer is available for Macs using OS 10.2 and up. The rest of the review can be found at the Macworld site listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Kickin' Soccer Review
Kickin' Soccer

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