FIFA 14 by EA Sports

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Good soccer sim; upgrade needed to get the most out of it.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy in FIFA 14 -- not to mention the basic rules of soccer. To succeed, kids must move the ball down the field, passing it to teammates and not violating the rules of the game. With FIFA 14, young soccer fans can learn some basics and watch how simulated pros play -- and perhaps better their own games.

Ease of Play

The control scheme is a familiar one to players, and controlling the ball and players is fairly easy (though not perfect). The addition of a touch-pass system is good and makes the game more approachable for younger players.  

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Consumerism

Consumer branding is everywhere in this game, as it is in the actual sport. Stadium banners promote publisher EA Sports, while player uniforms have company names and logos on them, such as Adidas, Barclays, and Red Bull. Certain play modes are locked and can only be unlocked with a $5 purchase. Players can purchase FIFA points in packs of up to $40.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One team's jersey promotes Corona beer. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FIFA 14 is a very realistic simulation of the world's most popular sport, faithfully recreating the game and just as faithfully following its rules. This year's version is notably different from past installments, though, as it adopts a freemium model. Online play is free (as are penalty shootouts and Ultimate Team mode), but people wanting to access Tournaments, Manager Mode, or the single-game exhibition mode must pay $5. There's no violence or language issues, and although one team's jerseys advertise Corona beer, nothing else promotes the brand. The corporate sponsorships are simply a part of the game. Some features require an EA account; you must be at least 13 to register.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypeterrussellsyd... September 4, 2015

Watch Out for Hackers!

We've had repeated unauthorised purchases via EA games FIFA apps (via Apple iTunes). A huge hassle. Its just not secure. Shame, game is good, kids love it,... Continue reading
Adult Written byAbdikadir I. March 18, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written bypowerson October 30, 2013

Free FIFA, YAY!

It's fine and free!
Teen, 13 years old Written bygertyrock November 25, 2013

Best game ever!

I had pre-ordered FIFA 14 for the Xbox, and could not wait for it to come it. Since I pre-ordered it, I got special codes to go with it for the Ultimate Team (w... Continue reading

What's it about?

The game can be controlled in one of two ways. The default touchscreen control system lets players move on their own. You touch teammates to pass the ball to them and swipe the screen to take shots on the goal. In Classic mode, you pass the ball back and forth between teammates via a virtual joystick. Additional buttons on the screen are used to sprint, take shots on goal, or slide-tackle opposing team members. The game recreates the championships of 30 of the sport's most popular leagues. Regardless of the control method you use, you'll swipe to kick the ball on corner and goal and for penalty kicks.

Is it any good?

The latest mobile installment of EA's FIFA series is an odd duck. FIFA 14 is certainly a terrific game with great gameplay, an absurdly thorough roster, and eye-popping graphics. But, unlike previous entries in the series, you're only getting half a game initially. Although the free version offers limited single-player matches, if you're a FIFA fan who prefers to build up your dynasty against artificial opponents, you'll have to pay a premium. That's especially noteworthy for younger kids, whose parents might discourage playing against strangers online.

That said, those who do pay the upgrade charge will have plenty of game options -- and it's well worth the money. The new touch-control scheme, meanwhile, makes playing easier for those younger players, though veterans of the series may find it limiting. As a free game, FIFA 14 isn't a bad one, but you'll want to pay the $5 to upgrade to the full experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • See if the game sparks an increased interest in real-world soccer, and, if so, take kids to a game.

  • Steer kids who tend to be sedentary to this game to show them the thrill of running up and down a field, playing with others.

  • Ask kids to describe a time when they had to use teamwork to accomplish a goal, sports-related or otherwise.

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