Madden 12 – Football Is Back Again

2.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 2.5/5
Design: 1.5/5
Length: 1.5/5

Football on the iPhone and iPad | Real NFL teams and stadiums with updated rosters

Nothing new from '11 | Basic design and animations | Unresponsive controls | Too easy to succeed

Game Info

APP NAME: Madden 12


GENRE(S): Sports

RELEASE DATE(S): August 30th, 2011

Madden is back for the new NFL season, and along with all the console releases comes a new version for the iPhone and the iPad. Madden may be the most high profile release of the year in the App Store, and we’ve put it through its paces. We could have just pasted our review for Madden 11 here, because there isn’t much new in Madden 12. The game plays and looks exactly the same which is extremely disappointing when compared to the new feature set in the console versions of ’12.

The iPad 2 has the most potential, and EA says that there are special enhancements on the iPad 2. The differences aren’t really noticeable, and whether you’re playing on a fourth gen iPhone/iPod Touch or either iPad you’ll be underwhelmed. We always have high expectations for EA because of their history and financial backing possibilities. That is why Madden 12 is such a let down with seemingly the same exact code used, but with Peyton Hillis on the app icon instead of Drew Brees.

That’s not to say Madden 12 isn’t bad (it is), the game is just uninspired which offers no incentive to upgrade for owners of Madden 11. All of the player designs look basic and somewhat blocky, and a good example of the lack of difference is that there’s a great similarity between Michael Vick and Desean Jackson. The football move animations of tackling, running, passing, etc show no improvements, and there are the same few stock animations replayed over and over. Player motion doesn’t seem all that authentic, and there’s the consistent problem of player placement.

You can’t run up the middle because the defensive lineman always tackle you despite being blocked. There are instances when defensive backs run right through receivers, and there are just a lot of basic issues. When passing the ball, you need to double tap quickly on a receiver icon because the game doesn’t recognize a single tap. Overall the game is extremely easy even on the hardest difficulty because of the stop motion functionality. To make matters worse the playbook is a hassle to use as it always starts in basic mode. You need to constantly switch to advanced mode just to see play packages. Also, you need to press small next buttons to flip through pages rather than just swiping through the plays. The Game Flow functionality is also bad as it only chooses between six plays throughout the whole game.

The AI engine isn’t mapped to any particular teams as the Eagles are known for passing under Andy Reid, but their offense in the game is similar to the Steelers. The app only includes Season mode with no option for Franchise, and no form of online play. There is no play clock in the game, and there still remains about only five sayings from Gus Johnson and John Madden for terrible commentary. EA’s Origin system is included for social connectivity instead of Apple’s Game Center just to further the lack of online connectivity.

Madden 12 is about on par with quality of Madden 2002 for consoles, and honestly the iOS hardware is capable of so much more. Hopefully EA will go back to the drawing board for the iOS version of Madden 13 because the current line has too many problems to be fixed. Maybe EA doesn’t find the investment worth it because they’re charging only $7, and $10 respectively for iPhone and iPad compared to $60 on consoles, and $30 on mobile gaming devices.

Madden 12 ($6.99, iPhone / $9.99, iPad) is not even close to worth the price of admission, and is even worse than just Madden 11 re-skinned with new rosters for this season. This is a bad game no matter how you slice it, and it simply goes three and out time and time again.

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11 Comments on "Madden 12 – Football Is Back Again"

  1. MacBBnet August 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM -

    Hope i win looks great

    macbbnet < twitter username

  2. Brian Staulcup August 31, 2011 at 1:35 AM -

    I want to win this game badly!

  3. Ewokpower August 31, 2011 at 2:55 AM -

    I wish they would make an amazing madden game… It would be awesome on iPad 2

  4. emre August 31, 2011 at 4:37 AM -

    is it really that bad ? want to see for myself 🙂

  5. Jason August 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM -

    This may have to tie us over until the current lockout is over!

  6. rann August 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM -

    RT. @rann78

  7. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 1:34 PM -

    Go team!

  8. Greg August 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM -

    this looks like fun. I had a blast playing madden back on my plastation a long long time ago.

  9. Ke7osq August 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM -

    You really cannot run, the foot ball is caught when it is impossible to be caught. I was flagged three time in a row for offensive pass interference when no defender was around. I love my PS3 version and was excited to use this one, but wow what a dropped ball!

  10. Trevor Sheridan September 4, 2011 at 4:14 PM -

    Congrats to our winners of NBA Jam.



  11. Bobs September 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM -

    Help, I’ve been informed and I can’t become ignaornt.

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