FIFA 2014 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

After teasing FIFA 14, the latest installment in its long-running soccer franchise, the superpublisher Electronic Arts last week soft-launched the game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices on the New Zealand App Store – a week ahead of its console release. The game is now available in the US App Store as a free download, per Electronic Arts’s promise to switch FIFA games to the prevalent freemium model…

It doesn’t look like the game spoils the fun for players who reluctantly spend cash on additional goodies: you can only buy FIFA points, boost your manager budget to buy A-players or get a Premium Unlock for $6.49.

So, how the heck are people supposed to play soccer on a tiny screen?

Thanks to simplified touch controls, you simply hold and drag players to move them around the field, tap to pass, swipe to shoot and so forth.

Of course, it’s the officially licensed game so expect real players, venues, leagues and more.

Real players. Real teams. Real leagues. Welcome to the most authentic football game on the App Store. Feel the excitement of every pass, shot, and tackle with new touch controls. Plus, live every moment of real-world football mastery with EA SPORTS™ Football Club Match Day. Get in there!

All in all, there are 33 leagues (From the English Premier League and La Liga to the German Bundesliga and beyond), over 600 licensed teams, 16,000+ players, 34 authentic stadiums and commentaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

As for the managerial aspect, FIFA 2014 lets you earn and trade, or buy and sell players, choose your play style, formation and kits as well as compete in tournaments to earn coins. Online features include global leaderboards, multiplayer challenges, the ability to share your favorite instant replays online and more.

Purchasing a $6.49 Premium pack unlocks three extra modes: Manager, Tournament and Kick Off.

Here, check out a few more screenies.

FIFA 2014 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

FIFA 2014 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

FIFA 2014 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

FIFA 2014 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

There’s also Match Day Madness:

EA Sports Football Club Match Day lets you follow the heartbeat of your favorite club. Play along with real-world fixtures from top leagues. Every injury, suspension, and change in team form is reflected in-game – keeping you connected wherever you are!

Oliver Haslam, who occasionally writes for iDB and contributes to MacWorld and RedmondPie, opines that someone at EA got things right regarding in-app purchases.

In-app purchases come in two flavors. First, gamers can buy in-game currency just as seems to be the norm with any game that features in-app purchases. Secondly, and more interestingly, there’s an option to unlock the game’s ‘Premium’ mode for $5.99.

Paying your six dollars kickoff, tournament, and manager modes, so we expect that’s the route that most people will want to take with FIFA 14.

The universal binary requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen.

Download FIFA 2014 from the App Store now (it’s a 1.17GB download).

Caveat: you’ll need to have at least 1.35GB of free space on your device to install FIFA 2014.

  • Hermès Vainstar Chu

    so much better than fifa 13, good game

    • Jo

      cool!

    • VinitJasoliya

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  • George Yfantopoulos

    Looks good.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    What’s this premium mode IAP I’m hearing about? Is it essentially an IAP to enable more features that prompt you to buy more IAPs?

  • Brandon Weidema

    I got at least 100-200 hours of fun from my $6 for FIFA 13. I’ll be getting the premium unlock for FIFA 14 without hesitation.

  • Fiz

    Anyone confirm this working on iPhone 4? FIFA hasn’t worked on my iPhone 4 since FIFA 13 just crashes after showing the splash screen.

  • s0me

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, /ˈfiːfə/; English: International Federation of Association Football) so yeah its FOOTBALL not soccer. You kick the ball you dont run with it in your hands !

  • Merman123

    I’m seeing different prices
    For the premium package. This article first says $6.49 then later $5.99 but the AppStore shows $4.99. Can anyone confirm the official price? I’m at work and can’t download yet ! Either way, those three prices would all sound fair to me for a game this good.

    • Rick

      Yes, I got it for $4.99.

      • Merman123

        Thanks!

  • Smfh

    My god the touch controls are fkin garbage. What idiots just stick with the damn joystick controls. What is this?

    • Rick

      You have the option to use the classic controls. That’s what I did. Can’t stand touching all over the screen.

      • David

        do you need premium to use classic controls?

      • Rick

        No, just go to the settings.

      • David

        thanks man! can finally enjoy the game 🙂

  • Rick

    Fun as hell. I’ve been playing it for about an hour now. You pretty much need to get the premium unlock to have fun but it’s definitely worth it.

    • daryl

      why does it require a username and password when i open the app? do we register somewhere?

      • Rick

        You might need to create an Origin account. I’m not sure. I already have one, so I was signed in automatically.

      • daryl

        thanks. i’ll try that.

  • FYI

    FYI: If you try to use localiapstore on this game it crashes and I think it bans you. If you try to open the app again it just crashes on messi.

  • Rares

    FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL

  • Azaharusan

    I cannot download for my i pad mini. Why? Can help me.tq

  • lyl

    hey on my iphone 3gs 6.1.3 its working but only once… i need to unlock all without paying.. hlp me….

  • I am playing FIFA 14 on my iPhone 5. It’s really awesome experience. I like FIFA 14 so much, thanks for this information.