NFL Pro 2012

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Football game blitzes you with in-app purchase pushes.

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Ease of Play

The control scheme is fairly easy to grasp, though there are a number of buttons to hit onscreen, making it sometimes hard to hit the right button at the right time.

Violence & Scariness

Players tackle each other, but not in a particularly aggressive fashion.

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Consumerism

The game features banner ads for other Gameloft titles as well as company placement images in stadiums (for businesses like Wilson). The game also aggressively pushes players to buy credits to unlock plays and improve player skills, for prices ranging up to $50.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NFL PRO 2012 is a freemium sports app that strongly encourages players to purchase app credits with real-world money. The game, which is licensed by the NFL, regularly interrupts gameplay to promote offensive plays that cost money. For example, if beginning players want to throw a long pass, they'll have to pay varying rates to unlock the plays -- with one costing 50 credits to unlock for a single game and 250 to unlock forever. (400 credits cost $2.) The game also features ads for real companies in the stadiums as well as banner ads for other Gameloft titles. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.

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Is it any good?

While the actual football game in NFL PRO 2012 is done quite well, the intrusive and obvious push to convince people to buy game credits overshadows the work of the development team. Locking out basic offensive plays (like a Hail Mary pass) in a relatively shallow playbook underscores the commercial nature of the game and is always jarring. And locking out teams once the player has picked one is a major annoyance (especially if you accidentally pick the wrong team during setup). 

That's a shame, since the game is good looking and, while not as deep as other NFL apps, still has its fun moments. The controls are a bit too complicated and sometimes sluggish, but nothing that's unforgivable. Ultimately, though, the incessant nagging by the app becomes too overbearing and will likely chase away most players.

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