Foosball: World Tour Review

Screenshot from Foosball: World Tour
And here we see the AI scoring an own goal

  • Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
  • Developer: Grip Games, 3Division
  • Publisher: Grip Games
  • Release Date: 11 Dec 2015
  • Time played: 3 hours

What is it

3Division is a game development studio based in Slovakia which released its first game in 2006 called Air Conflicts. The game was an arcade flight sim and after its release the company developed multiple sequels as well as the game I will be talking about in this review, Foosball: World Tour, which was released in 2015. They are currently working on a tycoon strategy game called Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic.

If you know about the game called foosball, then you'll already know how Foosball: World Tour works: a foosball table is setup to resemble a soccer pitch with eight rows of footballers aka "foosmen" that are attached to poles for the players to control. Each side is in control of four poles: the first pole has one goalie on it, the second pole has two defenders on it, the third pole has five midfielders on it and the fourth pole has three attackers. Rotating the poles causes the "foosmen" to kick the ball and the objective of the game is to usually reach a certain number of goals before your opponent. While you'll need a minimum of two people to play a game of foosball (i.e. one player controlling the four poles for each side) you can sometimes have two players per side and Foosball: World Tour has catered for this and allows up to four players to play the game at once.

Foosball: World Tour has a single-player campaign mode called "World Tour", and also supports online and local multiplayer.

How I got it

I purchased Foosball: World Tour when it was on sale in June last year for under $2 USD. Like many other games I've acquired over the past year or so, I've been trying to find games that work on the Steam Link for some local multiplayer and are suitable for kids to play: Foosball: World Tour was one such game that I stumbled upon that seemed to match my criteria.

Screenshot from Foosball: World Tour
You're able to unlock new foosmen, tables, balls and banners in this game

What I like:

Decent graphics

Not that this game really needed to have a realistic look but the developers decided they would do so anyway.

Different things to unlock

The game has different foosmen, tables, balls and banners to unlock if you're into some customisation.

Family friendly

It's foosball. What else is there to say?

Local and online multiplayer

The game has co-operative and versus multiplayer locally and online. The game supports up to four players.

Easy to pick up

Foosball is one of those games that are easy to learn and so it's no surprise that the same applies for Foosball: World Tour.

Works on the Steam Link

The game works on the Steam Link using Logitech F710 wireless controllers.

Steam Achievements and Leaderboards

The game has 12 Steam Achievements you can earn and is integrated with Steam Leaderboards.

Screenshot from Foosball: World Tour
It seems hardly anyone is playing online multiplayer anymore

What I dislike:

Can I reach the ball?

Sometimes it's difficult to figure out where the ball actually is. Sometimes it appears the ball is within reach of your foosmen when in reality it's out of reach which is frustrating since you'll focus on hitting the ball with one row of foosmen when you really should use another. It's also annoying when the reverse occurs (i.e. it appears the ball is out of reach but it actually is) – I've scored a lot of accidental own goals in this situation while setting up the midfielders and attackers ready for long balls from the back line.

Lack of players online

I searched for people to play with online and couldn't find anyone. This isn't entirely surprising though since (a) the game is over two years old now and (b) those who enjoy playing foosball on the PC are most likely hard to find.

Difficulty spike

If you do happen to get through the single player campaign for the game, there is quite a difficulty spike when you arrive at the last few levels of the game. Up until this point, the game is a breeze, and the AI will even score own goals (quite frequently too). On the last few levels, the AI is unforgiving and you'll probably need to rely on trick shots in order to succeed.

Score – 7/10 (Good)

There seems to be hardly anyone playing Foosball: World Tour these days and playing the game against the A.I. can be frustrating at times, but if you're able to find friends who are as keen about playing foosball on a PC as you (whether that be online or locally) the game is worth a shot.

Is the game worth $8.99 USD?: Yes, but only if you have friends or family that are as keen as you to play. I wouldn't rely on online multiplayer to find someone to play with and it only takes a few hours to make it through the single player mode against the AI.

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[ LINK: 3Division Entertainment (Developer) Website ]