Game Review by Bruce Tyson
Game Rating = 3/5
Awesome Soccer is an austere soccer game available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Play is fast and easy. This is a fun game with some remarkable options for a game in its price range.
Reasons to buy the game
• Simple game controls
• Basic graphics
Reasons not to by the game
• Poor view of the pitch
• Limited player control
• Limited options
Control of game play in Awesome Soccer is very simple, involving only the four directions and an “action button.” During play, the focus automatically shifts among players depending on the location of the ball. A quick game option lets you get started without needing to select any options. Game length can be set, a major feature for someone wanting a brief diversion from a busy work day.
Graphics are simple in Awesome Soccer, giving the game a retro feel of the days when computer games were easy to understand and fun. No extraordinary graphics adapters are required, meaning that this game will run on almost any computer.
Customizations available in Awesome Soccer offer additional entertainment to those who desire more than a fleeting pastime. Built in editors allow you to create custom players, teams, kits, formations, leagues and tournaments. You can substitute players and change player skills as well.
View of the pitch is restricted and inhibits game play. The user is not able to zoom in or out or utilize side and angled views of the match. The game displays an overhead view of just one section of the field at a time, causing the screen to be constantly shifting. The orientation of the pitch is vertical, leaving much of the screen’s horizontal area underutilized. Although a radar screen shows the location of players and an indicator points in the direction of the goal, these features are not enough to compensate for difficulty viewing the game.
Control of the players is very limited making advanced play almost impossible. As the match progresses, the software automatically selects what player is under control. There’s no way to change focus to other players and move them as you see fit.
Options for the game are limited. For example, difficulty levels are relevant only in tournament mode. Other options such as music, crowd, stadium, time of day and weather are nonexistent.
For $9.95, Awesome Soccer is a great game for those whose passions lie outside the computer gaming world.