NFL Clash takes the form of a soccer game and then wraps it around with some specially designed mobile ideas. It’s essentially a scrimmage meets a game of Clash Royale. And it’s pretty entertaining for the most part.
Games take place over a handful of minutes and you are given four downs to work the ball up the field before handing it over to your opponent. Before each Snap, you choose your style of play and then use players, represented by cards, to carry it out.
Different players have different skills, and you can improve them by collecting duplicate cards. Since this is a PvP game, it’s no good just picking a runner and a blocker and hoping your opponent doesn’t notice your plan. You’ll also have to throw in some bluffs by using wide receivers to take them away from the smell.
In addition to the PvP heart of the game, there are single player challenges where you can test your skills and earn rewards. Every win, no matter what mode you play in, brings you a chest that contains new cards and coins to level up.
Everything moves at a decent pace, but once a piece is in motion all you can do is wait for it to end. There is also a power system for your cards, which means you can’t throw in all of your powerful players at once. You need to consider which device works best in the circumstances.
The stop-start nature of football doesn’t quite fit the rhythm of the midcore MOBAs that NFL Clash is trying to emulate. It is a little tense to watch the energy bar fill up before unleashing an onslaught of troops, but this is where you will often run out of time and abandon a game with a group of players you are not happy with.
There’s a lot of fun in NFL Clash, and the collectible aspect of the game will definitely appeal to some. But the underlying gameplay lacks any real spark, and after a while you’ll lose interest in its simplistic take on football.
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