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Dream League Soccer 2016 - Build Your Dream Team from Scratch on iOS and Android



Dream League Soccer 2016 - Build Your Dream Team from Scratch on iOS and Android

Football and simulation are two things that I couldn't resist from a mobile game. I don't know how many times I fail myself from resisting temptation to play games that are coming from this genre. However, I always try to be as neutral as possible when doing review for a game from this genre. It's hard though, if I'm being honest.

This next game, is coming from the developer that have renowned for creating multiple amazing football simulation games.First Touch Games, the men behind amazing soccer games like First Touch Soccer and Score!, released their latest installment from Dream League series, and it's called Dream League Soccer 2016.

The Manager: A Football Story - Quick Arcade Style Football Management Game for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)



The Manager: A Football Story - Quick Arcade Style Football Management Game for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)

Just several weeks ago, we have witnessed the return of the football management sim king, Football Manager 2016 with its mobile and touch version. For those of you who haven't played these games, I'd suggest you to read my review for the mobile version of FM2016.

However, I also did, realize, that these two games can also be considered as premium games for mobile games. With pretty expensive tag on its price, $19.99 for the touch version, and $9.99 for the mobile version, these games aren't for everyone.

I do also realize that, some of you, still want to play amazing football simulation games with a more reasonable price. This latest game from 2bigpixels, will really relieve your thirst for a good football sim game, with a FREE price. This game is called The Manager: A Football Story.

Football Manager Mobile 2016: Best Football Manager Offline Game for iOS and Android



Football Manager Mobile 2016: Best Football Manager Offline Game for iOS and Android

The game that I'm about to talk, is without a doubt, one of the most successful football management simulation game in the whole world, and it all started way back in 1992. In 1992, this football simulation game started with the name, Championship Manager created by two brothers under the name of Sports Interactive and published by Eidos.

In 2003, Sports Interactive split with Eidos, retained the game's match engine, database, and changed its name into Football Manager. Slowly but sure, Football Manager sets their feet deeply and claim back their right to become the most popular football management simulation game.

Football Manager set their feet on handheld device back on 2006, when they released Football Manager Handheld (FMH) on PSP. Of course they designed the game separately due to the different playing experience in handheld console. 

However as if Sports Interactive wants to expand more with this business line, FMH was entering mobile products, started with iOS back in 2010, continued with Android in April 2012.

Finally in 2016, FMH was being renamed and released to both iOS and Android devices with the name Football Manager Mobile 2016.

Champ Man 16: Square Enix Football Manager for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)



Champ Man 16: Square Enix Football Manager for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)

Season 15/16 has finally started and we don't need much time before some the football team managers are put in the hot seat. While some of them have now secured their places, unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers, has to be sacked from Liverpool F.C. Their team poor performance despite spending nearly £300 million on transfers, during his regime for three years in the club, is the main reason why he lost his job.

Fortunately for us, we don't have to worry about being sacked even if we spend more than what Brendan's has spent. Moreover, even if our team isn't showing any good performances, well, we could just move to another club and start all over again. That's the good thing about playing a football manager game, and the latest football manager game from Square Enix will provide you a pretty good time while you play, Champ Man 16.

Fantasy Manager Football 2016 - Your Fantasy Football Experience



Fantasy Manager Football 2016 - Your Fantasy Football Experience

In Fantasy Manager Football 2016, you will become the General Manager of team that you can choose. There are total 40 official football clubs ready for you to choose, and also other unofficial teams that also can be chosen, only with placeholder for their suits.

Upon choosing your team, you will get several players to complete your imaginary team. These players are not from the clubs that you choose. So it's up to you if you want to include them in your lineup or not. Your team strength will be depending on your lineup, if the players in your lineup are performing well in their last match, they will get a good score and your team will also have a good strength.

Become a Superstar with Score! Hero in iOS and Android (Tips and Tricks)



Become a Superstar with Score! Hero in iOS and Android (Tips and Tricks)

It was back in 2012 when Score! World Goals was released. The product was so good, that you won't be able to find similar game with better quality than this soccer game. Even the idea itself was fantastic, you're tasked to recreate 70+ international soccer's greatest goals from the legendary goal to a modern goal (at that time).

Score! World Goals has gained a huge popularity ever since, and the developer, not only able to gain popularity as a creator of beautiful soccer games, they also become award winning independent studio. Dream League Soccer, First Touch Soccer 2014, and 2015. A lot has happened, and after 3 years, a similar game but with different gameplay is finally announced by First Touch Games and it's called Score! Hero.

Play Keepy Uppy Challenge with KickUp King in iOS (Game Review)



Play Keepy Uppy Challenge with KickUp King in iOS (Game Review)

Transfer window period is starting to unveil its curtain, and this period only means for me and I believe most football fan out there, to read the football news everyday. Well, this couldn't be help since the transfer can be dealt any time during the office hour.

That also means that any football fans should be prepared for the best or the worst scenarios; I'm talking about club's targeted players. It can be that your team will get the players and the worst, your rival gets the player. Afterwards, the hottest players in this transfer market period normally would be publicly doing some fancy kick-up skills in front of the fans. 

That was the original ideas of Super Rock Games, the developer behind Olio. Even so, Super Rock Games doesn't want to limit the true meaning of doing kick-up to just players presentation. They want to relate the fun and the excitement of doing kick-up to as many football fans as possible. There when KickUp King born into this world.

Play PES in iOS/Android with PES Club Manager (Tips and Tricks)



Play PES in iOS/Android with PES Club Manager (Tips and Tricks)

14/15 season has finally over with the triumph of Barcelona as the winner of the Champions League. Although all the excitement of watching european football league has over, that doesn't mean football lost its appeal. On the other hand, we're actually entering another exciting moment, the transfer window period.

Within this transfer window period, all football fans will be very eager to wait who will be transferred into their favorite club, the rumour, all that stuffs that its euphoria doesn't lose to Champions League final. As we all know, some of european league has opened its transfer window period. As for Premiere League, we should wait until 9 June for usually the most excited transfer window.

So while we wait, you probably want to check out the latest game from Konami, the maker of Pro Evolution Soccer that we are loved. The game took football manager simulation as a genre and its called PES Club Manager.

Title Challenge: Football Manager Games Offline



In professional football history, the longest manager that has ever managed a team is recorded under the name of Guy Roux. Guy Roux managed AJ Auxerre of France for 44 years, from 1961 to 2005. You might be thinking about Sir Alex Ferguson, but he was only managed the team for about 27 years, from 1986 to 2013. Step aside a bit, in Liverpool, a man called Jimmy Davies is recorded as the longest-serving football manager in the world. Jim has served his amateur football club called Waterloo Dock for 50 years! What makes it more amazing even more, is his assistant manager, Larry Dowling. Larry has been working under Jim for 48 years! Both of them finally retiring themselves from football in 2013, the same year when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as well.

Unlike professional football player, a football manager can spend their time way much longer in football industry. That's why most professional player that  passionate about football decide to pursue their career as manager after their retirement. Football player may have brighter shine, but when a football manager shines, their shine will last years and years. A brilliant football manager can turns a weak team into brilliant team with amazing individuals. That's what make Football Manager game's excitement knows no end. Collecting youngsters and wonderkids and make the team dominating the league.



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As we all know Football Manager used to be an exciting game called Championship Manager. But after Sports Interactive splits up with Eidos in 2003, Sports Interactive created their own football management simulation called Football Manager. Eidos, on the other hand, kept using Championship Manager as its name. Championship Manager wasn't as successful as it's used to be and Football Manager series become too much detail in every version launched each year.

This is what Kyan Games exactly saw from football management simulation game these days. It gave too much detail of what football management should have. For them, a simulation game should just give enough detail so that the game itself still simple and fun. The indie games outfit that based in Guildford, UK, then created a back-to-basic football manager game that's offline called Title Challenge.

Title Challenge is coming out as a game to beat the complicated Football Manager at its own game. Laurent Maguire, the designer of the game, decided to strip down unnecessary detail and put it back what we used to love in a football management simulation. Things like daily digest news, press conference, coach contract, friendly arrangement, are all gone. Title Challenge only has what's important from a football management simulation, squad, tactics, transfer, match engine, and the league itself.

In Title Challenge, we will choose one club. You won't be able to manage other club once you've decided your club. You can choose any team from England, Spain, French, Italy, and Germany. There's also database editor that can be edited inside the game. In this editor, you can add more countries, leagues, clubs with all the details, and also players that you want to play for that club.



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Football Manager Games Offline with Flat Design



I love the user interface of Title Challenge. Along with the simplicity of the game design, the graphics design of the game was created simple and beautiful. The interface seems like exclusively created for iPhone interface. It uses swipe left and right gestures, it uses hamburger menu, something that already common usage for menu in most iPhone applications. Bottom line, it feels like Title Challenge designed specifically for one handed mobile usage; and that's perfect.

Despite being simple in game and UI design, the detail in every Title Challenge's features are never left behind. For example, the match engine. Although Title Challenge only has classic match engine, but inside the match, I still felt the tension created when my team was left behind one goal. The tension goes up when the team attack and my players were failing to utilize that chance at that time. My point is, Title Challenge still keeping eye on the quality of the match engine. So even if the match engine only prints out text, it still creates story that can increase the tension inside big match.



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My other point is the tactic mode. In Title Challenge, you won't find any extra strategies like attacking mentality, who will take up the FK, corner kick, or the player roles for every players in your team. All those things are not included inside Title Challenge. Rather than all those things, it only has your 11 field players and 6 subs that can be brought up using swipe left gesture. Again, despite the simplicity, you can tap and hold a player, and voila, you can setup your team formation anyway you like. Be it three attackers, three defenders, using false nine, put five players in the back, whatever your tactics, Title Challenge will show it just like a pro formation. This is caused by the fluid position feature from the game.

With that beautiful UI design and awesome game design, I actually couldn't ask for more. But, the way Title Challenge provide loading screen moment makes me favor this feature the most. During the loading screen, there will be some football quotes that was said from famous managers, retired players, even Zlatan Ibrahimovic (well I think you can guess what his quote would be). For example quote that coming from Alan Shearer, "Football's not just about scoring goals; It's about winning". Not only stops there, Dave Will, the illustrator of Liverpool FC (yes that Liverpool) Postcard series 13/14, adds extra football player illustration to ease your waiting when the game is loading.



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Extra Coins for Winning the Title



Some tips for you to get your team winning the easy way and dominating the League.

  • Close the App when Losing. When your team is left behind and the game is closing to an end, double tap your home button, close the app. When you open the game again, it will go just before your match started.
  • Use your best players. Same star rating doesn't mean that a player will have same performance with other player in the same star rating. You still need to compare those players. Use the one that have better performance because the player with better rating will obviously perform better.
  • Just use the player until they complain. There's no fatigue in Title Challenge. None until the player itself files a complaint to you. But no worries, you can just left them behind for one match and you can use your favorite player again in the pitch.
  • Buy some quality players. To get quality players, you need to scout them first. After the scout report coming, just then decide if you should buy them or not. Fear not, there's no transfer deadline in Title Challenge. So you can transfer player anytime you want.
  • Purchase some Training Facilities. Better training facilities mean that your player will have a chance to increase their rating. The better the facilities, the more likely, your player will gone up their rating.

Now, if you want to earn some extra cash, you can use these tips.

  • Upgrade Stadium. Stadium will gives you some cash when you're at home. So the bigger your stadium, the bigger cash you will receive from each home match.
  • Sell Unused Players. Although I said earlier that there's no transfer deadline date, the other teams will only make offer in some certain time. So when they come and you think this players is too old or useless, just sell it to them. Transfer List players so far didn't do well for me in terms of selling players.
  • Win the League. Every season, the chairman will give you some cash to help you win the league. This is the most biggest cash you could get beside selling players. Make sure you win the league to get your boss gives you bigger budget.

I've edited some players name inside the Database Editor. If you want to use mine, please feel free to click the button below. Should I remind you that there are still lots of team and players that I haven't edited yet. However, almost all the Premiere League star players and big teams are edited. Also I should note you that my database here is optimized for lower end devices. I've deleted some lower league so that the loading speed can be increased. However, if you happen to finish editing all the teams, please do tell me and send me the database also.

Note: To use this database, open the link with your mobile device. Then when asked, choose to open it in Title Challenge and it will automatically import.



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Conclusion



Title Challenge become a strong contender to fight for best football management simulation in iOS. It may not have all the details that Fifa UT or Football Manager have. But in that simplicity, Title Challenge still offers tons and tons of fun playing it. On top of that, it can be played one handedly with ease. In the end, if you're a football fan and of course a football management simulation lover, you should add Title Challenge: Football Manager Games Offline in your collections.

Title Challenge 4.5 Modern Jamming Feb 16, 2015

First Touch Soccer 2015: More Soccer? There You Go - iOS Game Review



I’ve never had enough of soccer games. Playing soccer in real life is indeed way more fun compared to just hold your device. Still, being able to get Cristiano Ronaldo running across the field is always felt good. Unfortunately, despite how I love soccer games, there are only few of those developers that really able to produce great quality soccer games.

One of those rare developers is guys from First Touch Games. Based in Oxford, UK, First Touch Games is the same indie developer that created amazing games like Score!, X2 Football, and First Touch Soccer.

First Touch Soccer 2015 is the latest soccer games from First Touch Games. If you’ve played the previous version, First Touch Soccer 2015 comes with more improvement compared to First Touch Soccer 2014.

Manager Mode lets you take control of a small club to reign over the world. You can browse through its large database of players across the globe, negotiate contracts, and transfer them for playing in your club.

Brand new Stadium Editor also brings up a lot more experience in playing the game. Your club’s stadium now fully customizable for each stands. This will allow you to increase your transfer budget as your stadium will get bigger and more supporters will come to cheer your team.

FTS2014 has come with a great graphics quality, but in FTS2015, player animations has been improved as well as the stadium, plus it has all-new cut scenes. FTS2015 also come with Daily Match Challenge. Every day First Touch team will offer you match that is coming from the real world football. Which team will you go with, that’s up to you to choose.



 Better graphics let you experience a more detail players

Better graphics let you experience a more detail players

Things I Like

The graphics quality in FTS2015 is a top notch regarding its game size. With 3D graphics quality and game size less than 200 MB, FTS2015 definitely switch up the gear for a 3d games with near console quality.

Control feels a bit weird as I’m struggling to do shooting or doing a through pass. But on the other hand, doing possession game and tiki taka can be done easily in this game. Doing a bazooka shoot is also possible as long as you got the player to face the right direction.

Manager Mode is not something new in FTS2015 as it introduced first time in FTS2014. But, additional features to negotiate contract and loan players add some extra experience compared to the previous version. In this mode, we can also do so many things like training players (increase their ability), hire coach, stadium editor, negotiate player contracts, and many more.

Stadium Editor is one of my favorite feature in this game. Every time we edit the stadium, the changes will be reflected directly in our games. I love when the stadium is under construction. I can see a “under construction” signage, reflecting the detail that taken into care by the developers.

Oh and the facts that you can listen to the exclusive tracks by Bastille, Imagine Dragons & Black Kids add a real deal to your gaming experience.



  Enhanced stadium editor gives different experience each time you play

Enhanced stadium editor gives different experience each time you play

Tips and Tricks

In FTS2015, there are some VIP mode that can be purchased with real money. You can also purchase it by collecting 4000 coins. Here are some tips to get to 4000 coins faster than you can imagine.

  • Use “Get Free Credits”. This feature will reward you 30 coins and become unavailable after certain times. It will be replenished by time, so make sure you do this while you can.
  • Watch clip after doing match. While “get free credits” have expiration, this feature will always be available every time we finish a match. So make sure you always watch the clip every time you get the offer.
  • Do Monthly Objectives. In Manager Mode, the club will give 3 you monthly objectives. Every time after you complete the objective, watch video will be offered to you, don’t forget to accept it. Every time you complete objective you will be rewarded with 10 coins + ads-video 30 coins, so in total you will get 40 coins. If you think the objective costs you more, don’t do the objective. Just wait for another month for the new one.
  • Individual/Team Training. Most of the time, monthly objectives will require you to do individual/team training. To do this, go to My Club - Coaching. If you don’t have any coaches, hire some. You will need to pay with coins and you have 4 sessions of training per coach. So just choose the lowest price coach just to finish the monthly objectives. Don’t forget to count the cost of your objective though.
  • Simulate Match. This will cost you about 5 coins, but it will save you some time. You will still also get the coins reward like doing usual match and 30 coins ads-video offer. Please note however that simulate match doesn’t guarantee 100% winning. You must take note that the better your team, the better chance your team will win in simulation match. Even so, simulate match while you’re a home team will increase the odd of winning.

There are also some ways to get more transfer budget in FTS2015.

  • Move to a Bigger club. You won’t be able to choose any elite clubs at first. But with 2000 coins you can move to a bigger club and get more budget. Note that you can only choose one team and you will need to collect another 2000 coins if you want to move to another team again.
  • Edit stadium. This will generate more revenue. With more revenue, you can increase the club income, resulting in a larger transfer budget cap.
  • Decrease player wage. The trick is to sell player that’s too expensive. Or you can offer a lower wage to player that left with few months contract.


 Sell unused players that eat away your club budget

Sell unused players that eat away your club budget

Conclusion

First Touch Soccer 2015 is another great soccer game from First Touch team. It has pretty great quality that allow you to build your won dream team. It’s a must game for any soccer lovers out there.