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Retro Bowl

Retro Bowl Available Now, Free on iOS and Android Devices

Retro Bowl is available now for iOS devices, on the App Store and on the Google Play Store for Android devices. It might remind you of a certain game of the past…

Retro Bowl is the perfect game for the armchair quarterback to finally prove a point. Presented in a glorious retro style, the game has simple roster management, including press duties and the handling of fragile egos, while on the field you get to call the shots. Can you pass the grade and take your team all the way to the ultimate prize? Can you win the Retro Bowl?

If you missed our interview with Simon Read, founder and creator of New Star Soccer, on his side project, Retro Bowl, you can read it here. It definitely gives off the Tecmo Bowl vibe, but has its own little gameplay features.

Retro Bowl offers a one-touch based passing system, allowing users to aim and throw in order to lead passes to receivers.

Retro Bowl will not feature the NFL license, so it’s just city names and random player names for now, but an editor is something that can be added, as the game will continue to add and improve features if it is well received.

Simon also mentioned to us that franchise mode will be the main, if not only, mode of play. The management aspects will be very light touch to begin with and there won’t be any direct control over defensive plays — that will take place during commentary, similar to New Star Manager.

He would like to include some sort of management in the game, so he’s currently figuring out possible ways to do that. The thinking is maybe just have a small roster of star players that you can pick/trade while staying within the salary cap.

To give a little history on Retro Bowl, Simon let us in on this little tidbit of information:

I started out with a New Star Soccer approach where you control the career of a quarterback but I found that to be a bit limiting and wanted to give the player control over running backs, receivers and kickers. So now you are effectively the head coach or GM, controlling the action on the field and picking players off it. It’s all very light touch at the moment, keeping the deeper aspects of football (playbooks, rosters etc.) to a minimum. Clearly the game is inspired by Tecmo Bowl but the action is designed specifically for touch screens. I should stress that initially this was just a little experiment that then grew into a side project and is now taking over my life as I immerse myself into the world of NFL, watching as many matches as I can each week!

You can get more details on the game, by following the official Retro Bowl Twitter account.

Make sure to download it, give it a try and let us know your thoughts or improvements you would like to see from the game. We will have our Retro Bowl review on the site, sometime early next week.

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  1. Been playing sporadically for a couple days and this game has a ton of potential. The passing is the star of the show and very rewarding. 
    The games are About the appropriate length for shorter mobile gaming sessions and it’s easy to jump in and out of the game on the go. I thought I wouldn’t like not seeing any defensive plays but they aren’t missed. There is surprisingly a lot you can do in franchise and the ground work is there to add a lot of depth if the dev chooses. But what is there is fun and inpressive.
    I really have only 2 complaints. The first isn’t a big deal but  every kick is returned by my team to mid field. So I always have a short field to work with. 
    The second is not great though. The game is insanely easy so far. I’ve played 3 games and absolutely destroyed the AI in all 3.  That could be a problem for longevity. 
    One thing that would be cool is if you held your finger down on the screen, your runner would high step or showboat. Add a little flare. 
    also as the article says, an editor is a must for this game.
    All in all a very fun mobile game. 
    Downloaded the game and I love it so far. Immediately bought the full version. Question, is it possible to scramble or take off with the qb? I see on the stats screen for the qb that he has rushing stats that can be tracked so I assume it's possible. Also, none of my lineman or linebackers are accumulating any stats, only tackles. 
    Great game! Downloaded the full version and haven’t put it down. I too would like to know if you can scramble with the QB.
    I see this game adding a lot of cool features with future updates.
    One thing I noticed was that the home field advantage is broke in the play offs (lower seed is at home in the divisional round). Any way of fixing that?
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    longway911
    Downloaded the game and I love it so far. Immediately bought the full version. Question, is it possible to scramble or take off with the qb? I see on the stats screen for the qb that he has rushing stats that can be tracked so I assume it's possible. Also, none of my lineman or linebackers are accumulating any stats, only tackles.*

    You can pass towards the qb and he will run.
    I've been having a lot of fun with it, difficulty definitely ramps up through the season. I was basically running every play to start the season but now I'm about 70/30 run/pass.
    Just signed a 4* LB to hopefully bolster my weak defense that's been exposed the past few weeks. Think we're 8-4 right now.
    djp73
    I've been having a lot of fun with it, difficulty definitely ramps up through the season. I was basically running every play to start the season but now I'm about 70/30 run/pass.
    Just signed a 4* LB to hopefully bolster my weak defense that's been exposed the past few weeks. Think we're 8-4 right now.

    How do you run constantly? I am lucky to get 50 yards a game.
    timisone
    How do you run constantly? I am lucky to get 50 yards a game.

    This! I’ve become reliant on my star receiver. Spent most of my salary on offense. Trying the D’Antoni approach and just try to outscore the opp with little to no defense
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    I spent the $1 to keep playing. I think it's well worth it and a cool little time waster. Finished the first season 12-4 and lost in the playoffs.
    You can definitely tell when you're up against a better team. I think it would be cool to add a few commands to the open field stuff like a spin or stiff arm button, but overall it's pretty good for the price.
    I am having a ton of fun with the game. My only question is do the fanbase and morale ACTUALLY impact different parts of the game, or are they just percentages that you want to keep high?
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    haven't had this much fun with a game in a while. Downloaded, played a few games and I was hooked just as I was with the original Tecmo Super Bowl. I even enjoy the fact you can't play with your favorite team right away. Never thought I would care about the Washington team this much (the team I was given to run).
    Great touch controls, enjoy the extra things in the game like "dilemmas!" Easy at times, challenging other times,, keeps you coming back for more. I don't miss playing defense at all as it keeps the game moving, like mobile games should do.
    Best $1 I ever spent!
    Great fun!
    I do hope we can play some defense eventually, even if that were a “pro” version or some type of IAP.
    Too many times things can come down to “count on your defense” and I’d enjoy it more if I were playing D and actually having a say in the outcome.
    It really impacts what you do on offense at the end of a game... Often I don’t know if I should or shouldn’t go for it and try to hang onto the ball on a 4th down because I have no clue or control on what my D might do or not do in that situation.
    It really sucks to lose a game just watching the text boxes pop up and tell you the D gave it up..
    baconbits11
    Oh, the life of a coach.... :nchuck:

    Lol. So true
    I definitely understand the different complexities of implementing defensive control, but I would even be OK with it being that you have to pick which player to control for each play and you can’t change mid play…
    Or even per game…
    Or even per season…
    I just want to participate on defense
    I am ,surprisingly, ok with no user defense. I feel this keeps the game at a great pace and I don't think anything can match the control that you have on offense so why bother
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