If you’re crazy about the World Cup, the following apps and mobile games are must-haves for any smartphone owners. These apps will help you get the most out of each World Cup match, and the World Cup-inspired games will help you pass the hours between games.
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theScore offers a ton of great features for the World Cup, along with other major sporting events. You can receive free Push Alerts about major goals or key moments, or just stay on top of breaking news about your favorite players. One great feature that will appeal to soccer fans is the Shot Tracker feature, which will let you see exactly how a goal was scored.
Download theScore for iPhone here.
Download theScore for Android here.
Also great for following NBA, NHL, MLB, and other major sports
Real-time World Cup coverage
Use the “My Score” section to customize the app
theScore has recently integrated with WhatsApp, making social sharing easier
Get alerts for Goals, Assists, Substitutions, Yellow & Red Cards, Clean Sheets, and Final Game Stats
Requires relatively recent operating system on your smartphone
Parallax scrolling feature may not appeal to all (can be disabled in settings)
Some users have complained that more sports should be added
Some users find calculating time zones for certain games to be confusing
Some users dislike ads
2. Hopeless: Football Cup
(Hopeless: Football Cup)
Hopeless: Football Cup is the latest in the “Hopeless” series of games (which includes Hopeless: The Dark Cave and Hopeless: Space Shooting.) If you’re looking for a more casual soccer game to play on mobile, this Hopeless game may be worth checking out.
Some unlucky blobs have found themselves in the middle of the field, and must defend themselves against angry football fans. You must tap the screen to hit the incoming balls: miss too many, and it’s game over.
Download Hopeless: Football Cup for Android here.
Unlock various national team outfits
Fun addition to the Hopeless series
Great for soccer fans
A more casual take on football madness
iPhone version of Hopeless: Football Cup coming soon
May be too casual for some fans of the sport
Game is currently on Verison 1.0.01, may have some bugs
National uniforms are not ultra-detailed
Ticket-based upgrade system may not appeal to all players
3. ProGol Guess World Cup Results
(ProGol Guess World Cup Results)
ProGol Guess World Cup Results is an Android app that lets you create your own tournaments and compete against friends. Whoever is best at guessing the final scores of each football match-up is the winner.
The rules are very simple. Predict the winning team, score one point. Get the final score right, and score three points. It’s a great way to add an element of drama to a World Cup match that you aren’t all that invested in.
Download ProGol Guess World Cup Results for Android here.
Makes matches more exciting
Fun social aspect
Not available on iPhone
Social aspect may not appeal to all users
Relatively small pool of installs
Size varies with device
Social functionality could be enhanced further
4. Onefootball Brasil – World Cup
(Onefootball Brasil – World Cup)
Onefootball Brasil – World Cup is a cool app that offers live chat and play-by-play match commentary in its Live Ticker. There is also a robust array of video content. In addition to pre-match and post-match coverage, you can see videos from press conferences and player interviews. If you love football news, this World Cup app is a must-have.
Download Onefootball Brasil – World Cup for Android here.
Download Onefootball Brasil – World Cup for iPhone here.
Good coverage of all World Cup teams
Excellent social aspect
Lots of videos
Personalised push notifications
Plenty of stats
Some user reviews indicate privacy concerns about the app
Some users feel app has been overhyped
Could improve UI to more comprehensively follow multiple teams
Player profiles could use more info/history
Some users have requested more time zone info
5. New World Cup Football Quiz
(New World Cup Football Quiz)
New World Cup Football Quiz is a fun word game that will appeal to World Cup fans. In this casual game, you are presented with one of 400 different player photos. Your job is to guess the player’s name. Some names, like Messi or Ronaldo, will be easy. Other names, however, will challenge even the most obsessive World Cup 2014 fan.
Download New World Cup Football Quiz for Android here.
Includes 400 players from 32 different teams
Great trivia game
Challenges your spelling and player recognition
Will make you more a of World Cup expert
Some players may be too easy to guess
Relatively new app may have some undiagnosed bugs
May become repetitive after long hours of playing
UI customization options would be a nice touch
Check out all Heavy’s World Cup coverage here.
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