Retro Bowl

Retro Bowl is an American Football simulator with crisp pixel graphics, an enjoyable yet streamlined core gameplay loop with just the right amount of depth, and an excellently fun match-day experience.

After a quick tutorial, our first full season begins, and we’re let loose on the draft pick. Interestingly, while we gradually upgrade our stadium and manage everything from salaries to our popularity amongst fans, roster management itself only has us manage a few key attack and defense players, which prevents this aspect of the game from growing dull.

Matchday takes us to the pitch. When on defense, text boxes explain the progress of our opponents, but we have no active role. During an attack, we control the play call by tapping our running back, while passes are triggered by dragging back on the quarterback, which shows us the ball’s trajectory.

While running is a viable option, it’s in passing plays that the game truly shines. Changing pass direction on the fly to drop a perfectly weighted pass into the arms of an open receiver never gets old. After receiving the ball, we control the player by swiping to dive forwards, juke sideways, or stutter step – and it truly feels great to dodge a defender and see our player race clear ahead.

Post-game, interviews reflect the results on the field, offering us a chance to defend a player’s performance, or praise our fans. Meanwhile, an end-of-week summary shows us game day stats and our players’ development towards reaching their full potential.

Retro Bowl monetizes through a $0.99 iAP that allows us to fully customize every team, and additional iAPs up to $9.99 for more of the in-game currency we earn through gameplay. Thankfully, none of these purchases are ever needed to enjoy the game to the fullest.


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Release date: 17 Jan, 2020
Last updated: 03 May, 2023
Game size: 40 MB