[Review] Super Soccer Blast – Nintendo Switch

Written by Kieran Fifield
  • Developer: Unfinished Pixel
  • Publisher: Unfinished Pixel
  • Release date: 19/06/2020
  • Price: £7.19 / $7.99 
  • Review code provided by Unfinished Pixel

Introducing: Super Soccer Blast review

With the Nintendo Switch being rife with Football (soccer) titles, what do you need to do to bring something relevant to the party? Well, if you’re EA, absolutely nothing, as they will launch the same game for the 4th (FOURTH) time this Autumn. If you’re anyone else though, what can you do to make a football title worth picking up on Nintendo Switch? Read on to find out, and more importantly, to see if Super Soccer Blast does enough to hit the back of the net.

As far as love letters go, they don’t get any more intimate than Super Soccer Blast, which shows its yearning for ISS in nearly every facet of its construction. This isn’t an inherently bad thing however, as the source material was an infectious arcade romp that, due to the ultra-realistic and affluent behemoths of the genre – FIFA and PES, will likely be resigned to nothing more than the memories of retro gaming historians and ardent football fans. 

A Game of Two Halves

Games come thick and fast in Super Soccer Blast and this really lends itself to the gameplay style. This isn’t a technical title that requires precise button inputs, instead offering a pick up and play approach. In game this translates to riotous rolics aplenty and is ideal for a few quick matches, perhaps while the TV is being occupied with other, non-spherical related pastimes. As such, it’s a shame that handheld play isn’t flawless, as it should be.

Visually, Super Soccer Blast retains the retro aesthetic, although the character models, animations and environments are infinitely more defined. There’s just a lot more going on and everything just seems more opulent. It is the equivalent of watching football in standard definition compared to HD. Audio is minimalistic but authentic and every thwack of the ball is felt and the roar of the crowd, though monotonous, is constant. Once more, this isn’t to the detriment of Super Soccer Blast, instead once again emphasising its nostalgia-grounded roots. Menus are all clean and intuitive and everything is presented in a comely way, that makes navigation seamless.  

Cup Runneth Over

As far as game modes go, there is a fair amount of choice. All the staples are present. You’ve got your World Cup, Champions League, FA Cup and all the variants thereof, dependent on locality, of course none of these have their actual names, as licensing would be a nightmare for Unfinished Pixel’s accounts department!  These all allow you to experience fairly expansive progression through the group stages, knockout rounds and hopefully all the way to the final, and glory. As well as playing pre-designed league, you can also throw together a custom league or tournament in the editor mode. In fact, that’s not all you can do in the editor mode. You can also create your own team, complete with kits, but unfortunately there isn’t an option to even name the players, let alone play around with their appearances.

For a game so minimalist in nature, it’s a shame that the performance of Super Soccer Blast is so patchy. The game would regularly suffer from screen tearing, resulting in a slightly less than ideal, if not unplayable game. There also appeared to be an input lag, albeit it minute, between button pressed and on-field action. This translates to a somewhat fractious experience that sufferers from any kind of fluidity. It almost seems as though you can’t enter inputs until a player has received the ball, which negates any kind of one-touch passing and ultimately breaks up the pacing of the game.

Considering the sheer ridiculousness of some of the goals that you can score in Super Soccer Blast, it is a shame that there isn’t a replay mode. Even if not after every goal, it would have been nice to have a highlights reel at the end of every match, perhaps?

Conclusion

Super Soccer Blast is an arcade football experience that leans heavily on nostalgia. It provides a blast from the past with it’s instantly recognisable aesthetic and paired with the pick up and play nature of the game, will provide some rapid fire fun. Just don’t expect the experience to last all that long. Super Soccer Blast is best experienced in short bursts for, although fun, it’s an incredibly shallow experience and perhaps a reminder that some games simply can’t stand the test of time. It is also crippled by some technical issues. That being said, Super Soccer Blast isn’t inherently a bad game, it’s just not a great game.

Pros

  • Pick up and play, fun in short doses
  • Instantly familiar
  • Lovely animations

Cons

  • Can grow tiresome
  • Laggy button inputs
  • Some technical issues

Verdict
Super Soccer Blast is an enjoyable romp that serves up nostalgia and quick-fire frolics in equal measure. It’s not quite tiki-taka though, more – passes to centre, holds it, holds it, holds it!!

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