For gamers brought up on the telly-like pseudo-realism of FIFA, Pixel Cup Soccer 16 may come as a bit of a shock.

Here, little pixelated footy stars zoom about a pitch, playing a game that often barely pays lip service to reality, let alone the rules of football, or even physics.

But the overriding feeling when playing Pixel Cup Soccer is one of of ludicrously breezy fun. It’s all about amazing snaking runs through an opposition desperately trying to slide-tackle you, and blasting screamers from the halfway line. It’s football as you imagine it in your head, rather than a somewhat interactive version of what you watch on Match Of The Day.

A game of two halves

That’s not to say Pixel Cup Soccer 16 is reductive — there is nuance here. Although the basic controls are a virtual D-Pad for movement plus X and O to, respectively, pass/switch player and shoot/tackle (depending on context), manically prodding buttons only gets you so far.

In order to defeat the (frankly supersonic) goalies, you’ll need to learn how to power up shots by holding a button and then subtly flicking in a direction to aim. Even then, it’s tough to score. You won’t be beating Germany 11-nil any time soon.

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App of the week: Pixel Cup Soccer 16 review

An old-school footie game that dispenses with boring reality for something that’s a lot more fun
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Fast and furious gameplay
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Draws go straight to penalties (to England’s horror, no doubt)