Review: Football, Tactics & Glory (Steam)

Football, Tactics & Glory is using a ball rather than swords and sorcery in turn-based battles, developing a club instead of a castle, and leveling up your units after clashes on the stadium. It’s a unique combination of turn-based mechanics, team development, tycoon-style games, and football.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Opening match with tutorial pop-ups.
  • Turn-based football management sim gameplay.
  • 664MB download size.
  • Matches- Play, Sim or Spectate.
  • Controls- Mouse only. Click a player then a grid will highlight possible places to pass/move to. Press button to assign the action then press again to confirm.
  • Players earn EXP every game and this unlocks new skill and increases stats.
  • Team management is a drag and drop system, Change formations etc.
  • Kit design editor.
  • Logo design editor.
  • Full player creator system.
  • Earn money from games that you use for transfers or upgrading your stadium for bonuses.
  • Trophy room.
  • Twitch support.
  • Two modes- Single player or multiplayer.
  • Local hot seat multiplayer support.
  • Different weather types.
  • Modify leagues- Name of teams, players and stadiums and all that.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Trading cards.
  • Turn-based so the game is big on strategy.
  • Quick to learn the ropes.
  • Helpful icons when playing.
  • Steam workshop/mod support.
  • Stats- Pages upon pages of stats and graphs relating to your performance.
  • You can tackle, Pass, Shoot or hold the ball which increases your hold skill temporarily.
  • Fun to play.

Cons:

  • Graphics options are only resolution and AA.
  • Music is not that great, especially when in game.
  • Simming a match is a dull experience with a few icons and player outlines showing up on the pitch.
  • Very basic online mode.
  • Couldn’t find a game online.
  • Feels at times that clicks can be over sensitive or don’t require confirmation for your turn.
  • No controller support.
  • Not a lot of variety.
  • Single player is not that engaging.
  • Few balancing issues.
  • Has you or a modder doing a lot of the work to have teams and names mean something.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.2/10

Summary

A quirky title this one, On the surface it looks like a typical management game but it is, in fact, a solid turn-based football game. The part that really surprised me was just how easy it was to jump in and learn the controls, The game is a lot of fun. I found single player ok for a few matches and treat it like an extended tutorial. The local play was where the hours got played and really showed off the games strong points, simple controls, Arrows and icons aiding you and so forth. I couldn’t get connected to online which was annoying but hey. In short, it is a tidy little game but after a few hours begins to lose its shine due to little variety and same old gameplay.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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