When I saw this game pop up in the App Store, my feelings were only of excitement, as always happens when something from the NFL appears let alone a game. And while I was a bit disappointed when I saw that it was just an arcade game, I was still somewhat intrigued with the game because hey, licensed NFL games just don’t appear too often.
NFL Flick Quarterback yields a total of three gameplay modes: Playmaker, Trick Shot, and Trick Shot XL. In Playmaker, you flick the ball towards a running receiver covered by defenders in order to score points, while in the Trick Shot modes, you try to flick the football into the trashcan.
And while I’m a huge fan of these flick sports type of games, NFL Flick Quarterback has failed to capture my attention for more than 10 minutes at a time. Quite bluntly, there just aren’t enough game modes. The Playmaker one is a lot of fun to play, but the Trick Shot ones are difficult, and the flick is inaccurate at times. And just because it’s named Trick Shot XL instead of Trick Shot, it doesn’t mean that it’s an entirely new game mode. I feel like Full Fat could have been a lot more creative than just adding a few more buckets to explode and make that as a new game mode.
While NFL Flick Quarterback is promising, it doesn’t have enough to keep me satisfied.
Graphics and Animations: The 3D player models aren’t all that detailed, but the graphics aren’t too bad. The animations are probably some of the best I’ve seen in an arcade game, so kudos to them for some solid animations. Overall, the game is designed well, with a clean layout along with very NFL-esque artwork.
GameCenter: I love the fact that the game includes GameCenter alongside 33 different achievements. Absolutely love it.
Touchdown celebrations: There are a lot of different touchdown celebrations in this game, and it’s just fun to see what the player decides to do once he reaches the end zone.
Inaccuracy of the flick: The flick in the game is somewhat inaccurate. For example, in the Playmaker mode, there are times when a flick will get to the receiver, but there are other times when the ball mysteriously falls short and goes to the other player. In the Trick Shot modes, the ball does tend to go in weird places if you’re not exact with your flick, which is a reason why I’m not a huge fan of those modes. It requires a little bit too much precision.
Lack of game modes: I really wish the developers would have added something other than just a Trick Shot and Trick Shot XL mode. I mean seriously, there are some other modes they could have added such as a field goal kicking mode, hitting targets that pop up, and maybe even a mode in which the user has to throw to multiple receivers on the field. Right now, the only mode that’s really fun for me is the Playmaker one, and I can only play that one for so long before I get bored.
NFL License?: That’s great that I can customize my own player, but who am I throwing to? They’re advertising this as an NFL game, but beware, you won’t be throwing to the players you’re familiar with. I mean seriously, who’s Davies?
NFL Flick Quarterback is a fun arcade game, but I wish there was more. Right now, it’s just an overpriced arcade game that doesn’t exactly live up to its potential. The GameCenter achievements are welcoming and all, but the gameplay is just lacking a real hook that I find in a lot of casual arcade games such as Flight Control or Fruit Ninja. It’s fun for a couple of hours, but just note that it doesn’t last very long.