Pocket Gamer writes: "Updating a hallowed classic is fraught with difficulty. Casino Royale, Dr Who and (some of) the Lego games have been exceptional successes, but everyone would agree that New Kids on the Block, the birch and Carlton Palmer are best left in the dustbin of history. Subbuteo DS, sadly, falls squarely into the second category.
Subbuteo does, at least, try and offer something different. It could have been a cheap excuse to repackage a bog standard football title. But while the production values are very much 'lo-fi', in terms of mechanics there's plenty of thought in evidence."