Polished soccer simulator faithfully re-creates game.

What parents need to know

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 game also offers an extensive practice mode, letting players build their skills. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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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 Herbalife, Samsung, and Red Bull. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One team's jersey promotes Corona beer. 

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to EA's Origin service to gain access to leaderboards and a friends list. This requires users to submit their email address. Players are also able to connect with friends on Facebook, Gmail, and their contact list through Origin; they can also invite friends through SMS and email. The profile on Origin also allows players to enter their real name, mobile number, image, and more.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FIFA SOCCER 13 by EA SPORTS is a sports simulation game that very closely follows the real-world rules of the popular sport. There's no violence or foul language -- and while one team's jerseys advertise Corona beer on them, there's nothing actually encouraging the brand. The corporate sponsorships are simply a part of the game. 

What kids can learn



  • sports


Health & Fitness

  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support


Well-polished, with a dramatically improved graphics engine and improved ball momentum and player collisions. Among sports games, it's one of the best.

Learning Approach

This is a realistic soccer simulation game, which teachs kids not only the rules of the game, but basic concepts of teamwork and strategy. They also learn that one player alone can't win, no matter how good he is. It takes the efforts of the team


The game also offers an extensive practice mode. EA's Origin service gives access to leaderboards and a friends list. Players can also connect on Facebook and Gmail, and can also invite friends through SMS and email. 

What kids can learn



  • sports


Health & Fitness

  • movement

Kids can learn the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy in FIFA SOCCER 13 -- 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. Young soccer fans can learn some basics and watch how simulated pros play -- and perhaps better their own game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

FIFA SOCCER 13 is a very realistic simulation of the world's most popular sport, faithfully re-creating the game and just as faithfully following its rules. Teammates pass the ball back and forth via a virtual joystick or swipe controls, which open up special shots. Additional buttons on the screen's right hand side are used to sprint, take shots on goal, or slide tackle opposing team members. The game re-creates the championships of 30 of the sport's most popular leagues.

Is it any good?


FIFA SOCCER 13, in many ways, is a lot like FIFA SOCCER 12 -- but that's not a bad thing. The game is once again well-polished and boasts a dramatically improved graphics engine this year. Physics have also been tweaked to improve ball momentum and player collisions. They're small improvements, but fans will welcome them. 

The game is still a bit intimidating for newcomers, though, given the sheer number of things to do and the number of control options on screen. But it's never repetitive, offers several difficulty modes, and offers plenty of tutorial cues. Among sports games, it's one of the best. 

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 26, 2012
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:1.36 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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