Pro Foosball Review: Quirkat delivers foosball fun
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Pro Foosball is an innovative, fun, and surprisingly addictive version of its tabletop namesake.
- Realistic foosball gameplay
- Clever variations and effects
- Move support
- No online multiplayer
- Controls take time to master
- A.I. quirks
The graphics of the game are sub-par, but they don't diminish the gameplay and the lack of top-notch pixel-pushing isn't a major gotcha for a game of this type. The game offers various locales, several of which require unlocking. New locations change up the style of the table and the figures, but don't add anything to gameplay and the needless locale cutscenes prior to each match do nothing but highlight the lack of graphical prowess. Of course, this is foosball, not Madden, so my gripe is minor.
Where the graphics lack, the gameplay physics shine. The ball moves naturally across the table and reacts to obstacles with sounds and effects that work very well. Quirkat took foosball gameplay to another level with its "Foos Madness" section. Here, players can apply magnetic balls, low gravity, low friction, long tables, tables with hills and valleys, or even tables without walls. Just to make it more interesting gamers can pair any of the two for some true foosball madness. The combinations can be remarkably fun, but not always. I found low friction coupled with hills and valleys to be simply aggravating while low gravity and hills can be hilarious fun. Since players can mix and match these combinations, unique likes and dislikes will pepper this clever inclusion to the game.
Pro Foosball shines when playing against other people. Multiplayer configurations include one-on-one, two-on-two, or one-on-two. All the various configurations of gameplay are still available, which can make for some memorable fun. The lack of online multiplayer is disappointing, though. Picking up a game of foosball with friends online could have added another dimension with tournaments or a simple, random pick-up-and-play with a stranger. It IS understandable, considering the game's price ($7.99), but it's still a feature that is missed.
Pro Foosball is an innovative, fun, and surprisingly addictive version of its tabletop namesake. While the online multiplayer option would have been welcome, for its price, Pro Foosball offers great value for single- or multiplayer experiences and delivers. There are some quirks in gameplay that can be frustrating, but they do not ruin the overall experience. The inclusion of Move as an option enhances the realism of the game, and while the controls take some practice to master, gamers will find much satisfaction in both playing side-by-side with a friend and taking on the game solo.----
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