Starting June 11, 2010 the FIFA World Cup will begin in South Africa. Because of that highly anticipated event, we can predict a litany of soccer/football apps to hit the market trying to capitalize on its popularity. Beating the crowd to the starting gate comes Spotflick by Spotflick Ltd, is a game designed to pit you against the greatest goalkeepers in the world in a shoot out. With its “flick to kick” game play and short bursts of play time, this is not your typical sports game. You can choose to play as your favorite country and try to beat the greatest of the great. On June 11th, a promised update will allow you to bring your team to glory in the Spotflick Cup Challenge.
Graphics: The graphics in Spotflick are crisp and realistic. Cartoon figures of your favorite world goalkeepers are portrayed in each level. The fans and the realistic scoreboard all add to the atmosphere.
Gameplay: Being able to play short levels of any game is a plus to me on a mobile device. Doesn’t matter how much time you have to play since this is a game that you can play for 1 minute to an hour. The premise is simple and should be addicting.
Content: With only 20 levels and most of them fairly easy, I beat the game in two short sessions. Though each country’s goalkeeper is unlocked with a win on an earlier level, I breezed right through unlocking them all. Stats for each goalkeeper are included yet their actual actions on a save are each pretty predictable until around level 17. Unfortunately that makes the game tedious in the beginning until you can reach the more challenging levels.
Controls: The flick to kick mechanism is one of the more utilized controls of the system. But in this case it seems unresponsive at times. In Practice Mode I had trouble reaching some of the corner shots. In Arcade Mode it seemed random sometimes when my flick would register. This was particularly annoying when trying to get a bonus – the bonus that you were supposed to hit was off the screen before the ball re-appeared because of the delay in the flick registering. Aim was also off. Combined with the ease of the levels, this felt more like an exercise in randomness than skill.
Spotflick is a game that I really wanted to love since it has a great premise, lends itself to becoming addictive, and has perfect amount of gameplay for short bursts of mobile game time. But ultimately it falls short because of the mechanics of the game. Spotflick by Spotflick Ltd is the first FIFA World Cup game out of the gate and even promises a new Spotflick Challenge mode to be released on June 11th to coincide with the start of the World Cup. The game would have benefitted from a bit more polish on the controls and gameplay however, even if it meant a delay in release. Graphics are cute and realistic in their cartoonish sort of way, but that does not make up for poor controls and lack of challenge. Until the controls are updated and tweaked to be more accurate, Spotflick will remain a good game in concept but a poor game in actualization.