Family Fun Football

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Simple, kid-friendly football lacks polish of bigger games.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While is simply to defeat rival teams, cooperative, multiplayer modes do encourage teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cartoony characters model good sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendly competion.

Ease of Play

Novices to the complexities of football can enjoy the game with a minimum of training and practice. Younger players, however, will need some parental assistance on the basics, as there aren't adequate tutorials included.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoony characters tackle one another sometimes producing "dizzy stars," but leaving each other unharmed otherwise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Family Fun Football is an appropriate choice for introducing younger kids to the game of football. The game features teams with cartoony, human characters and mascots, and no violence beyond "dizzy stars" sometimes produced by a tackle. There are no injuries, foul language, or unsportsmanlike moments, just colorful, simple gameplay. Kids over the target age of seven who have a greater knowledge of football and its finer points may be disappointed by the lack of depth in this game.

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What's it about?

FAMILY FUN FOOTBALL is a casual football game in which players pick from one of ten teams (eight of them unlocked at the get-go), each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Up to four players (two-on-two) can participate, and teams can select one of the four offensive or defensive plays. Powerups give your controlled player a boost of speed, power or accuracy.

There are no NFL licenses in this game. Instead, cartoony kid-like players take to imaginary stadiums for ten fictional teams such as the Tuskers, Monkeys, Warts, Pride and Stampede. Games can also be played in Mascot Mode, with on-field players depicted with the heads of chimps, frogs, lions, rhinos, etc. There are an additional ten unlockable mascots as well. The action is fast and colorful. Halftime consists of a random minigame such as one where players score points by throwing footballs at a bunch of receivers. If you take first place, the minigame is unlocked to be played anytime.

Is it any good?

Family Fun Football offers decent, simple play for young novices. By limiting the playcalling to four on both offense and defense, complexity is stripped away and it's much simpler to learn and repeat options. But the game could use a bit more polish; graphics are poor and the range of additional features and depth in tournament and season modes might disappoint players with any knowledge of other football videogame offerings. For very young gamers, however, this is a decent introduction to the game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game differs from the real game of football. Here, play is greatly exaggerated and moves quickly, but there are no injuries. If some of the moments depicted in the game occured in real life, what would happen? Would people get hurt?

  • You can also talk about your favorite team mascot. Each with its own, distinct strengths. Which was most fun to play? What would you name your team if you could choose anything you wanted?

  • It's also worth talking about fair play and sportsmanship; while it's great to win a game, how do you show respect for opponents and let them know that winning doesn't make anyone necessarily a better person.

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