Ars Technica Preview - Gameloft's Real Soccer 09: virtual controls, real fun

Ben Kuchera writes:

"The iPhone has been home to some great games already, but unless you have a way to make the controls work via tilting, there is very little you can do with the phone's lack of buttons. GameLoft has taken the direct approach with Real Soccer 2009 and simply put a gamepad on the touch screen, but how well does it work? Surprisingly, you get used to it very quickly.

The game features some very nice graphics for an iPhone title, and once you train your fingers on where the directional pad and buttons are, you'll forget about the controls completely and just enjoy the experience. Double-tapping a direction will make your player hustle, tapping the screen will change which player you control, and a few different ways of sliding your fingers over the buttons allow you to put finer control of your shots and passing. There is much to take in, but after you get a feel for how everything works it's a surprisingly fun game of soccer."

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