NFL Kicker 13



Engaging, without the roughness of some football apps.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kicking the ball is just a matter of swiping the screen, though swiping too fast will result in a poor kick. Adjusting to the wind -- and earning multipliers -- is the hard part. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Players can buy scantily dressed cheerleaders for the game.

Not applicable

The game is a promotional tool for the NFL -- and is loaded with upgrade possibilities, all of which require in-game currency. This can be earned through playing, but it's quicker to simply buy it with real-world cash. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NFL Kicker 13 is a sports/arcade game that lets players become virtual field goal kickers. The game is free of the rough tackles other NFL games have, as there's simply a kicker and goalposts on screen. The trick is getting the ball through the uprights with a wind blowing and the distance being set farther and farther away. In-game cheerleaders are dressed in midriff- and cleavage-baring attire, and there is a push for in-app purchases. Players using an iOS device can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn



  • sports

What Kids Can Learn

NFL Kicker 13 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn



  • sports

NFL Kicker 13 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids attempt field goals from different angles and positions, rather than simply hitting the uprights straight on. The area between the goalposts is split into color-coded regions that give players different points. Kids kick by swiping the screen; swiping too fast results in short kicks. As the game progresses, the wind increases (as does the distance to the goal), making it trickier. Swiping the screen left and right while the ball is in flight helps you guide it. Other modes include one where you're forced to punt, rather than placekick.

Is it any good?


While the game might push in-app purchases and upgrades a little too aggressively, there's a whole lot to like about NFL Kicker 13. It's a game that's easy to grasp, that rewards dedication, and that offers a lot for the money. With a variety of play modes and nearly unlimited upgrades, if you're interested in building out your stadium, it doesn't get boring.

And since it's an NFL-sanctioned product, you can pick your favorite team, your preferred uniform style and either play as yourself or fantasy-play as your favorite player. It's a simple game that offers just enough to keep you hooked for quite a while.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:September 6, 2012
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:44.30 MB
Publisher:Full Fat
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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