I‘ve struggled to find any Android games that I actually want to play over and over again. I’ve enjoyed playing a number of them for serveral hours and with a couple of exceptions (Words With Friends, I mean you!) there aren’t many that I come back to time and time again.
But I am wondering if Fifa 14 might change that?
Fifa 14 Android
The Android version is a free download – yay! But it is of course only a limited version. To unlock other game modes you’ll have to shell out a very reasonable £2.99. Not a bad price for a big name game.
Out of the box you can play straight forward matches playing as one of a select number of teams. This gives you a good chance to try out the game play and if you love it, unlocking the rest is a couple of touches away.
The previous version was one of those games that I bought and played once, I really couldn’t get on with it… so what’s changed? The big difference is the new touch control system. Rather than trying to replicate a game pad with a “joystick” and buttons they’ve come up with a whole new way to play using gestures (you can play with the old controls if you wish).
And this new way of playing really seems to work.
The players are easy to manipulate, the game is fun to play and it actually feels like you are in control of your team.
Running on the Nexus 7
I’ve only played it on the new Nexus 7 (2013) and can confirm that it runs brilliantly as you would expect. The graphics are clear and fluid, the size of the players works well on the 7″ screen (I’m not sure how it will work on a phone?) and the sound is great with the new N7’s improved speaker set up.
It’s not the greatest video in the world, but I have included a quick demo of the game running on the Nexus 7 so hope this gives a feel for it.
YouTube video of Fifa 14 on the Nexus 7 (2013):
I haven’t bought the full version yet, but it seems quite likely I’ll make the upgrade. This is definitely the best Android football game to date. Now if only Sensible Software would bring out a touch controlled Android version of Sensible Soccer…
What did you make of the game?