Luna League Soccer (Hands-On) (iOS) Preview

By André Eriksson 10.12.2014

Review for Luna League Soccer (Hands-On) on iOS

The football/soccer genre has branched out over the years. Earlier, all the market offered was the yearly released titles based on real life leagues, which is all honour good and well, but there is only so much that can be done with the genre. However, then something happened. Experiences started to come out that did not have to be realistic, which opened the market for more creative additions. Today there are games like Mario Strikers Charged Football, the Inazuma Eleven franchise… and now Luna League Soccer.

Luna League Soccer is an over-the-top arcade soccer game that is meant to create fast and fun matches that twist a lot along the short time played to allow for the action of a football game during a shorter period of time. The game succeeds very in delivering this. The matches are around two minutes long, which can, however, be edited beforehand to be longer if desired, but that is not needed to experience the action and the twists and turns of a normal game of two halves.

This is because Luna League Soccer is extremely fast-paced and has a power meter used to build up for a special attack. This shifts depending on the team but offers some unfair advantages that usually result in a goal at the end. These two things combined means that despite the matches only lasting two minutes, there is never an issue with stale 0-0 results occurring too often.

There is a considerable amount of components when it comes to customisation. To begin with, it is possible to choose one of several teams, all with unique special abilities and appearances. Stages mostly have special traps or other changes that make them feel unique, and, finally, the ball changes. All the balls are different and work in various ways. All of this makes for very creative and varied battles that feel fresh every time, decreasing the feel of repetitiveness that these titles often suffer from.

Screenshot for Luna League Soccer (Hands-On) on iOS

Then there is a level-up system, where it is possible to alter how the team performs on the field. It is possible to amend a lot of stats - like speed - to customise the team further, adding a feel of progress when playing that adds to the overall enjoyment.

Everything sounds good so far, right? Well, there is one problem at this stage and that is the controls, unfortunately. To make a soccer game control well on a smartphone is no easy feat, that much must be admitted. However, there are some troublesome choices that have been made. Gamers must tap on the right side of the screen when shooting, passing or tackling, and on the left side, sliding in the appropriate direction to move around. This feels very unnatural - if wanting to go right, the most natural thing to do would be to simply press right on the screen. It is something that is not impossible to get used to, but it takes a while and feels extremely unintuitive.

Besides the weird control option, Luna League Soccer currently looks like it can turn out to be a decent time killer for fans of more casual and fast-paced football titles. This is, however, highly dependent on how the currently non-existent multiplayer and tournament modes turn out. Luna League Soccer does not look like it can offer more than that, though. People who are not fans of the genre are not likely to find anything in here.

Screenshot for Luna League Soccer (Hands-On) on iOS

Final Thoughts

Luna League Soccer is not likely to be a killer app, but it might be a game to keep in mind if it sounds appealing, however. It is worth keeping in mind that the controls currently feel unnatural and might need some time to adapt to on the player's part, but even then it is not likely they will truly feel natural. A rework on the controls front is most definitely needed before the final release. Luna League Soccer might, for those who have interest in the quirkier side of the soccer genre, end up offering a fun on-the-go experience that can be taken out and played at any time due to the short and action-filled matches. If the multiplayer turns out well this might very well be a great football title for when travelling. It will likely stop there, though, preventing it from reaching further greatness.

Developer

Lunagames

Publisher

Lunagames

Genre

Sport

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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