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What's it about?
HEAD BALL 2 is a free-to-play competitive arcade-style soccer game that simplifies things by putting only two players (one from each team) on the field. This removes the traditional notion of strategy but replaces it with upgradeable "super powers" that players can buy with gold they earn by playing. These powers -- anything from freezing your opponent in a block of ice to making your player character huge -- give players an unexpected edge by creating unexpected challenges on the playing field. Players gain currency and "fans" by winning and can use their victories to boost their league status and climb the online ranks.
Is it any good?
This odd little app is more "pong with creepy bobble heads" than what we call soccer, but it's fun nevertheless -- as long as you look past its flood of ads. By removing all of soccer's field maneuvers, Head Ball 2 boils things down to the game's most exciting part: scoring goals. Simple button controls help you move an oversized head with a single cleat-clad foot around the field. The controls take some getting used to, especially since your player can appear on either side of the screen. But once you get the hang of the controls, scoring goals is easy.
Or it would be, without the super powers. Super powers add an element of surprise and humor as your controls suddenly work backward or the ball bursts into flame. Obviously, players with more super powers have an advantage, and getting these powers means lots of play time and optional ad-watching. This gets tiresome, especially when you've watched the same three ads more than a few times. Also tiresome is the unreliable matchmaking. Often, it's hard to find an opponent to play, and when you do, it feels as if your opponent could be computer controlled. Still, even with these issues, Head Ball 2 is fun in a weird kind of way and a decent download if you've got a hankering to score some goals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different kinds of sports games. Do you prefer arcade-style sports games or more realistic ones?
Are you willing to "pay to win" for a game app? Are there things that Head Ball 2 could do to level the playing field for gamers that don't pay for a competitive edge?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: April 22, 2018
- Category: Sports Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 132.40 MB
- Publisher: Masomo Gaming
- Version: 1.55
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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