Foosball HD Review: It’s a Hit or a Miss

Soccer games seem to be flooding into the App Store with the launch of the 2010 South Africa World Cup, and while this one’s a bit of a stretch to be labeled as “soccer”, it can be labeled as one thing: foosball.  Foosball is a classic arcade/table game in which you control your men and try to shoot the ball into the other team’s goal.

You have around 4 different areas you have to control using the handlebars: goalie, defense, midfield, and offense.  Foosball tables usually go for around $100-$200, so $2.99 for having the more or less same experience on your iPad is marvelous.  Plus, you can carry it with you everywhere you go.

But sadly, this game is not for everyone.  It’s extremely simple and there’s not much to it, making for a quite lacking game in the eyes of a hardcore gamer.  It’s basically just a single player and two-player mode, and neither one produces any awards, level ups, or any beneficial things at all.

The two-player mode is marvelous though, and it’s a game that feels great on the iPad.  Just know what you’re getting into before purchasing it.

Likes

Graphics: As always, Illusion Labs does a phenomenal job with the graphics.  I’m quite taken aback that Illusion Labs is a four man team, since they produce games that rival those of Gameloft and EA.  Anywho, Foosball HD looks great.

It feels like the real thing: I haven’t played a real-life foosball game for around 2 or 3 years now, as they seem to be disappearing from places.  But Foosball HD feels like the real thing, except for the fact that the ball won’t bounce out of the table, and you can’t cheat by angling the ball to enter the court on your side.  Illusion Labs made this game feel so realistic that it’s unbelieveable.

Two-player: There’s really nothing to the two-player mode.  It’s basically the same thing without the AI moving the players.  But the thing about it is the fact that it’s ridiculously fun, and I had a blast playing it with my brother.

Dislikes

Very limited: This is one game that’s extremely limited in terms of who is going to play it and for how long.  In the two-player mode, you’re most likely only going to play one or two matches, and in the single-player, you’re bound to play maybe one or two matches before feeling lonely.

Not for the alone: If you’re living by yourself with little need for multiplayer games, then this is not a game for you.  The single player mode can only last for so long, and I believe the game is more centered around the two-player mode.  So if you’re living by yourself or don’t socialize with people that much (I’m talking about socializing face to face, not Facebook or Twitter), then this is definitely a no-go.

It’s too simple: This game is just way too simple.  There’s really nothing to it, and it would have been nice to add something… more.  Online multiplayer, bluetooth multiplayer, Wi-Fi multiplayer… the possibilities are endless.  Compared to many of the games on the App Store, Foosball HD won’t capture and immerse you like some do.

Foosball HD is a beautifully-crafted game on the iPad that just doesn’t have enough meat to back it up.  It does feel like the real thing, but you won’t get anything more.  It’s either an AI or no AI, with no progression in levels or awards of any sorts, and it’s strictly made for those looking for a good multiplayer experience.  Hardcore gamers are locked out of this game as well, as it will bore you after a few minutes.  So the audience for this game is quite limited, in my opinion, to people who will play multiplayer all the time and are large fans of foosball.  I’m neither, so this game didn’t quite appeal to me as much as it could have.

Foosball HD was developed by Illusion Labs, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPad.  The price is $2.99.


About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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