Retro Bowl – Football gaming goes back to the basics with Retro Bowl – a modern mobile title that harkens back to the early days of pixelated pigskin on NES.
Released initially in 2018 for iOS and Android, Retro Bowl strips away the complexities of today’s stats-heavy Madden and FIFA franchises. In its place are the accessible mechanics that defined retro gaming’s sports classics.
Choosing plays is simple – just a handful of offensive schemes versus basic defensive formations. Players are represented as runty sprites straight from the 8-bit era.
The graphics won’t blow anyone away, but therein lies the charm. By focusing purely on the core elements of football gaming, Retro Bowl evokes nostalgia for the early era while still feeling fresh thanks to intuitive mobile controls.
As you guide your no-name team from plucky underdogs to championship hopefuls, the simplicity gives way to surprising depth. Careful roster construction across 16 weeks, playoff pushes and potential dynasties will hit all the right notes for football purists.
Combining a throwback aesthetic with instantly enjoyable gameplay, Retro Bowl scratches a vintage gaming itch while carving out its own lane in today’s sports gaming landscape. It’s a delightful call back sure to delight long-time football fans and gamers alike..
Retro Bowl controls and gameplay:
- Choose offensive plays from a playbook of 6 core formations (dive, toss, etc).
- Match against defensive schemes like blitz or nickel base packages.
- Pre-snap, select which receiver to target or hand off to your RB.
- At the snap, users swipe up on the screen to pass or tap to hike on running downs.
- On defense, swipe left/right to move defenders and tap to dive after ball carriers.
- Roster management between games involves signing free agents, making draft selections and building team chemistry over seasons.
- The 8-bit era presentation features sprite players, crunchy sound effects and lo-fi animations on a scrolling field.
With easy pick-up-and-play controls, focus on football strategy over complex button inputs and prepare for an addicting quest to capture Retro Bowl glory!