What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that First Touch Soccer is a soccer simulator that closely follows the rules of the sport. The app is targeted at fans and core gamers, with a rather complicated interface and a live stream of news that affects the soccer world. It's challenging, but not frustrating -- and the pacing is wonderful. The game also does a good job of making casual fans feel at ease -- with an extensive practice mode. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. They also can share achievements and more through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but the game does not push this -- and asks up front if you'd like to disable it.
Is it any good?
Soccer sims on iDevices have been so-so so far, but FIRST TOUCH SOCCER offers almost everything the true fan could ask for. The game is challenging and well-paced, with terrific AI, impressive graphics, and (amazingly) a play-by-play/color commentating system that doesn't get annoying. It's as close to a console experience as we've seen on an iOS system. Additionally, there's a headline feed of soccer-themed stories (which sometimes can be a bit much for younger players). There are also several customization options and a ton of teams, game modes, and other gameplay options. The interface is a bit busy, but in the end, this is a game that truly feels like a team experience -- which makes it stand above most of its competition.