Flick Shoot 2 is a fantastic football (soccer to some of us) game available in the Windows Phone Store. It isn't a full game of football but instead a series of gaming modes where you are challenging the opposing team's goalkeeper.
Graphics are nicely drawn up, there are plenty of character customizations and the game has an addictive pull to it. Don't be shocked if you sit down to play "for just a few minutes" and end up playing for twenty or thirty minutes. Available for low-memory Windows Phone, Flick Shoot 2 is a must have game for the football fans in the crowd. It is also a solid gaming option to consider if you are looking for an addictive sports related title.
The primary menu for Flick Shoot 2 offers up options to play one of the single player games, play a multi-player game, play a mini-game and view your gaming missions. There is an option to log into your Facebook account to share your scores, or you can just play as a guest. Your gaming stats will run across the top of the menu and access to the game's settings, achievements and a link to rate the game will run along the bottom of the screen.
Flick Shoot 2's multi-player games are played online, but I was not able to test this gaming mode due to connection errors. When working you should have access to player vs. player games or join an online tournament.
The mini-game is played as you earn tickets during regular game play and presents the opportunity to win bonus gaming cash. The gaming cash earned can be used to unlock uniforms and footballs in the game's store. You also have the option to unlock these items through in-app purchase, but some of the items can get rather expensive.
The gaming missions for all practical purpose are mini-games and present you with specific performance goals such as scoring a set number of points in the Arcade Mode or hit the yellow target in the Time Attack Mode. These missions are an excellent opportunity to build up your gaming cash and experience points.
The heart of Flick Shoot 2 rests with the single-player gaming modes. They break down as follows:
- Challenge: You have a target score to reach before the game clock strikes zero to advance to the next level of play. Levels will become more challenging and additional defensive players will enter the game periodically.
- Arcade: Score as many points as possible in the Arcade Mode but you are only afforded ten missed or blocked kicks.
- Not Miss: One of the more unforgiving gaming modes. Here you are only afforded one miss.
- Time Attack: You have sixty seconds on the clock and have to score as many goals as possible before time is exhausted.
In addition to these four modes, there is also a Dribbling and Practice modes available through a $4.49 in-app purchase and not a part of the free version of Flick Shoot 2.
Prior to each game, you will have the chance to change your uniform, face style and football.
The game mechanics of Flick Shoot 2 are simple. You are positioned behind the ball and facing the goal. Swipe up at the ball to kick it and swipe left or right to curve your kick. If your kick edges the inside corners of the goal, you'll earn extra points. As you advance through each of the gaming modes, the goalkeeper can increase in experience (becomes more challenging) and/or additional defensive players will join the game. Additionally, some modes will have targets imposed on the goal where hitting the bullseye will net you more points.
As you play the various games, you will earn gaming coins that will unlock uniforms, footballs and tickets that will give you access to the mini-game. You will also earn experience points that will eventually upgrade your character's gaming level. As you advance, the goalies become more challenging to send your ball past.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing Flick Shoot 2. It is a fun time waster of a game, has decent graphics and challenging game play. And this is coming from someone who prefers the American game of football over the International version. I think what helps gives Flick Shoot 2 such broad appeal is that it highlights what may be the most intense part of a football match, plays on goal.
Flick Shoot 2 is a Windows Phone game that you can pick up to help you pass a few minutes or choose to help satisfy a longer gaming need. While I found the game appealing and addictive, there is some room for improvement. For starters, the goalie needs to stand out just a little more. There are times they blend in too much with the background. It adds to the challenge, but the developer could fit them with the neon yellow gloves or something.
Second, the game needs support for landscape orientation to give the game screen a little more elbow room. Lastly, I did have a few kicks where the side swipe didn't register. I'm sure there is a time limit on how long you can wait to put a spin on your kick but there were times right out the gate the side swipe wouldn't register.
None of these issues are deal breakers that will ruin the game. If you are a football fan, I can see Flick Shoot 2 being a must have for your Windows Phone gaming library. If you are simply looking for an enjoyable game to pass the time, Flick Shoot 2 is one well worth trying. The game scores a 4.5 star rating in the Windows Phone Store, a rating we see as being spot on.
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