The clue is in the title. Swipe your finger up your phone’s screen to send a football flying into the back of the net, avoiding the goalie and any defenders in the way. Keep on shooting until you either miss or the shot is saved. Rack up the high score, then boast about it to your friends.
Flick Kick Football sounds basic and, frankly, it is. You can adjust the direction of each shot you take by changing the direction that your finger flicks in, and increase the power by using longer swipes. To add spin, you merely swipe in a curve. The different placement of goalies and defenders in each scene ensures that every shot feels like a new challenge and, as your score racks up, so does the pressure.
There are time-attack and target-shooting modes to liven matters up, plus online high-score charts where you can share the triumph of topping the leaderboard.
Flick Kick's trump card is, however, its style. The visuals appear to have come straight from the pages of the classic Roy of the Rovers cartoon and, should you fail, the clichéd pundit quotes have that ring of authenticity.
Yes, this is a simple game, but it is achingly addictive all the same.
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The Bottom Line
This is no FIFA-beating football sim. All the same, as a simple fun-packed football game, it’s spot on.
Version reviewed: 1.0.1
Android 2.0 and above