Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff is a faithful reinterpretation of the classic pigskin game that everyone knows and loves. For newcomers, that means a simple, arcade on-field experience mixed with simulation-like stat-tracking. New to the series, though, is some intriguing editing options that become addictive all by themselves. Whether recreating the All-Time Cincinnati Bengals team or adding best friends as wide receivers, the amount of customization is welcome.
But not all the changes to the classic Tecmo Bowl package are as good. Some visual and audio tweaks are bothersome, such as the lack of field information. Stylus controls also come up more than a few yards short compared to traditional button controls. All in all, though, Kickoff is a good, portable way to get a classic football fix on the go.