Super Bowl XLIX (featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots) is just under two weeks away, and you can watch the whole thing for free if you have an iPad or an iPod touch. On the development front, Apple just won a new patent that should fix a common problem associated with screen navigation based on eye movement.
It’s another heavy week for new iPhone and iPad games, with several big-name releases intermingling with intriguing indies. A port of BioShock brings the classic console and PC shooter to iOS, plus Madden NFL Mobile takes another shot at freemium football and Tiny Tower Vegas adds gambling to its addictive sim concoction — and don’t miss the promising Nightmare Cooperative.
Football season just got a lot more interesting for Apple TV owners. Today the Cupertino company added NFL Now to the device's ever-expanding lineup of channels, which means that fans of American football now have access to a gold mine of on-demand video content associated with the popular sport.
American sports fans are starting to turn their attention back to our own particular brand of football in the aftermath of the World Cup, and a promotional page from DirecTV suggests that they have a big surprise waiting for them. According to the page, football fans will be able to watch the upcoming games live on their iOS devices and Macs without having to sign up for a conventional plan with the provider (or even needing to get a dish, for that matter).
It's a 99 cent bonanza this week. Yes, that's the going price for lots of great apps that normally fetch quite a bit more than that. We've got an app or two that go a little over, but plenty that go under too, so if you're looking to save some money, you've come to the right place.
Kind of Soccer is true to its name. You fling a ball from one player to another, hoping to line up a shot—not at the goal, however, but the referee, who runs about like a headless chicken desperate to avoid becoming dinner. Goals don't matter at all, in fact, nor do offside rulings, corner kicks, or any of the complexities of the beautiful game that bewilder non-believers. This is the kind of silliness that anyone can get behind.
For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is the best day of the year — but it can also be the longest. Even if your favorite team doesn't have a shot at immortal glory, waiting for the 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff can feel worse than being a five-year-old forced to watch the clock on Christmas Eve. But you needn't spend the day twiddling your thumbs. Whether you're hosting a party or watching the game alone, we've got eight apps to keep you occupied until the big game starts.
PikPok’s latest Flick Kick game offers the most complete and varied experience in the series so far, with the whole gamut of basic on-field soccer situations backed by team building, a curious tale of revenge, and a multi-division league structure. But you’ll have to battle through a barrage of ads or pony up some cash to make the most of Flick Kick Football Legends’ solid gameplay.
Touchscreen platforms typically do a solid job of recreating individual aspects of a sport (like swinging a bat or kicking a ball), but they're rarely good at offering full simulations. While it might be a decidedly unrealistic take on football, Football Heroes does provide a fairly complete — and, more importantly, a very fun — version of the sport. Heroes is a straightforward version of 8-on-8 football with a few key differences, the most notable being your ability to punch opponents and use various power-ups.
FIFA 14 continues the fine form set by last year’s edition of the popular soccer simulation, mixing in a compelling free-to-play Ultimate Team mode and an all-new gesture-based control scheme that dramatically alters the feel of the game. It goes much further towards defining the mobile series as distinct from its console brethren, with both the new controls and the lightweight design providing more of a streamlined experience that’s sure to please casual players. There’s still plenty on offer for the hardcore, too – even without paying a cent.