What parents need to know
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
What Kids Can Learn
NFL Kicker 13 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.