A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that FIFA SOCCER 12 is a sports simulation game that is very authentic to the real-world soccer experience. One country's jerseys have the Corona beer logo on them, but there's no violence, foul language, sex, or other inappropriate content.
What's it about?
Like console FIFA games, FIFA SOCCER 12 is a realistic simulation of the sport of soccer, letting fans play as their favorite team and following the rules of the sport. The focus is less on star soccer players and more on teamwork, letting game players easily pass the ball back and forth and get a feel for the game. This can be done via a virtual joystick or new swipe controls, which open up special shots. Players can also control the game in manager mode, adjusting the roster and lineup -- and even making trades and scouting players.
Is it any good?
Previous FIFA soccer games in the App Store have been good, but not great. FIFA SOCCER 12, though, is absolutely fantastic -- and may be one of the best sports games available in the App Store. The entire game, from the controls to the graphics, has been overhauled -- and the improvements are vast. The game makes excellent use of the touchscreen without slowing down the pace of the game. The graphics are quite smooth, and there's even a manager mode, letting you experience soccer from the other side of the sidelines.
The addition of a changing daily challenge will keep core players hooked, but this is a title that even non-soccer fans will embrace. It's a huge game, taking up over 1 GB of space, but its quality and depth indicate that's not an unreasonable size.
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
- Price: $4.99
- Release date: September 29, 2011
- Category: Sports Games
- Size: 1020.00 MB
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later, Android 2.3.3 and up
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
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