If you love American football, but hate the idea of physically enduring all that running around and tackling, there’s always been Madden NFL, the video game football simulator that’s been releasing iterative updates annually since 1988. And if you prefer your video-game football with a heavy helping of multitouch gestures, you’ve been able to play Madden on your iOS device since 2009’s Madden 10. On Tuesday, Electronic Arts released its latest iteration of the game for iOS: Madden 12.
Costing $7 for iPhone and $10 for iPad, Madden 12 sports more than 2500 actual NFL players from all 32 teams. You can compete in standalone exhibition games, play through an entire 16-game season, or relive the 2010/2011 playoffs (which no Eagles fan would ever consider doing). EA claims that Madden 12 sports “sharper gameplay and cleaner graphics” than its previous incarnations on iOS.
Among the new features in Madden 12 is the ability to draw custom hot routes for almost any play—running, passing, or defensive. Unlike its Android counterpart, Madden 12 on iOS also includes leaderboards that show you how you stack up against other Madden devotees. (That feature uses EA’s Origin network, and not Apple’s Game Center.)
As in previous editions of the game, you’ll control things with a virtual joystick on one side of your device, and various action buttons—including the ability to slow things down while you trigger specific moves—on the other.
The iPhone and iPod touch version of Madden 12 requires iOS 3.1 or higher; the iPad version requires at least iOS 3.2.