Conclusion: Concept: Resurrect a legendary football franchise but rip its best aspect away without compensation elsewhere
Graphics: The same blocky blockers and receivers you remember from the NES days, plus a few new cutscenes
Sound: Classic 8-bit theme, but I chose to play on mute
Playability: Stylus controls work well until you want to perform a diving tackle
Entertainment: Most of the nostalgia is lost with the absence of the NFL license
Summary: Despite the negativity in this review,
Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff
is not a bad game of football overall. Younger gamers and fans of the original will no doubt get plenty of enjoyment from it, but I personally expected more from the revival of one of my favorite sports titles.
Pros: Captures the spirit of the original game, with lots of cutscenes and arcade-style play., Including online play is nice.
Cons: I found a lot of bugs in this game, some of which really hurt the CPU (as if I needed help)., Everything moves slooooowly for an arcade sports game.
Summary: Temco Bowl's brand of Keystone Kops football is charming, but it simply cannot stand up to its own brainless bumbling. The addition of player special abilities is welcome -- especially as highlighted by the game's familiar stop-motion cutscenes -- but it's not enough embellishment to the simple gameplay. I had a hard time adjusting to either the button- or touch screen-based passing controls, and the classic guess-the-play strategy was boring even back in the day.
Conclusion: Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff is a blast from the past. The experience I had with this game was great. I felt like I was playing the original game. Madden might be the king football but Kickoff is the game fans will play for years. Pick this one up, even if you have to go through a few copies to find a good one.
Excerpt: Name: Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff Genre: Sports-Football Platform: DS For me, there was only one sports game that mattered during the NES days, and that was Tecmo Super Bowl . At the time, it was the only game that combined exciting on-field action, real professional teams and players, and detailed stat tracking. Other football games, like NES Pro-Action Football and the simply titled “ NFL ” may have looked better, but nothing else felt as much like real football as TSB .