Super Shock Football HD
Available for: iPad
Price: $3.99

"So wait, you just turned on a buzzer and the players would just move around at random? Like when you leave change on the washing machine? Whatever, gramps, I'm be over here playing Minecraft while you play airquotes hockey airquotes with the dishwasher and a bunch of Hummel figurines."

It's tough to explain electric football to folks who've been playing football video games their whole lives. Just the thought of putting a bunch of figurines on a buzzing box and playing "football" makes it sound like previous generations were the most easily entertained bunch of simps in history. But there was strategy to it. There were formations and plays ... there was physics! Somehow the developers at Chillingo managed to capture both the genius and absolute absurdity of electric football perfectly in Super Shock Football HD, which converts the cheap cardboard buzzbox gridiron into a colorful 3-D stadium with lush HD graphics. Players can lob the ball with a flick of their finger, chose from 20 "plays" or just go free form and nudge players around themselves, play a two-player split-screen game and watch as real-time physics makes fools of everyone involved. The best features, however, are the tongue-in-cheek nod to the game's cheap ancestors such as a stat tracking feature and stadium weather that basically immerses tiny players in a layer of rain or snow.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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