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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Madden NFL 10" (mobile)

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Madden NFL 10 is mostly the same game as the previous one, but tuned to be a bit more realistic, more backoffice options, and slightly better graphics. It is still the best American football game on a mobile, bar none.

For those who haven't played Madden NFL 10, this is a full 3D game very similar to the version available on the consoles, as least superficially. The third-person / behind perspective gives you full view of what's possible. Press the action key, and your player can select from a variety of moves, depending on the context and player's ratings. Moves include dive (get a few more yards), spin (dodge a tackler), change direction, hurdle, power, showboat, stiffarm, and that's just for offense!

For defense, you get swim/under, bull rush, speed boost, tackle, big hit, intercept, deflect. The moves need to recharge after each use. So they are not THAT powerful.

The playbook is rather limited (about 4-6 plays per type), and it may not be easy to pick the right ones, even with Madden's recommended plays. But that hasn't really changed. The kicking game is also the same... Biased against kicking to the left.

The one thing that I did notice is a slightly better Quarterback's view when passing. Time slows down, like in the Matrix (tm), but you're limited in your view (i.e. there's a "blind side") where you can get rushed. Otherwise, it's mostly the same.

The overall feel is the game was tweaked a bit so the passing game is now less reliable, but running play is a bit more powerful now, as are punt returns and kickoff returns. The "big hit" however, is a bit too powerful, and I can cause about 3-10 fumbles per game. My record is three fumbles in the same play.

There are occasional glitches. After turnover from a fumble recovery, my team ended up 3rd and 12, even though it should be 1st and 10. Also, once after a kickoff ball went off at the other team's 30. When the play start, they are suddenly at MY 30 yard line, not theirs. They gained 40 yards!

All in all, this game is a bit of a MOTS... If you have the previous version. However, if you don't, this game will surprise you on what a football game on a mobile phone can look.

Pros: same glorious 3D, full NFL roster with substitutions and trades, full NFL teams and multiple "season" options
Cons: playbook limited, defense hard to read, occasional glitches, can't turn off commentary and repetitive animations
Verdict: still the best football game on a mobile phone, but showing its age

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