EA Sports releases free-to-play Madden NFL 25 for iPhone and iPad

Madden NFL 25 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Billed as “an experience 25 years in the making”, Madden NFL 25 strives to deliver the most authentic NFL football experience to date on the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. The game challenges players to build theirUltimate Team of NFL stars and run the show on offense and defense with new and improved touch controls, game modes and more.

And in embracing the freemium trend fully, EA Sports has made the decision to release the game on a free-to-play basis, with in-app purchases ranging from as little as 99 cents to as much as a whopping 99 dollars for an All Madden Bundle pack.

If you’re a fan of professional American football this is a no-brainer as the game looks awesome and plays great. I’ve included a splashy teaser trailer and a couple additional tidbits right after the break…

Building a team entails collecting NFL players from packs or winning them in the Auction House, which adds a much-needed variety to the management aspect of the game. There are 32 authentic NFL teams too choose from and a roster of 1,500+ real NFL players.

Of course, the venues and stadiums are all licensed as well.

Check out a teaser trailer for the console edition of the game.

The official Madden 25 release date is August 27 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Madden NFL 25 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

Madden NFL 25 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

Madden NFL 25 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

The enhanced touch controls should make running, passing and making the big hits in such a dynamic sports title easier with simple taps, swipes and a handy D-pad.

Available game modes include Solo Challenges, Exhibition mode for single-player offensive and defensive football and Head-2-Head, a mode exclusive to the mobile edition of the game.

Loathe freemium games, you say?

Tough luck, Electronic Arts recently announced plans to bring the freemium model to its mobile FIFA titles as well.

The 720MB universal binary download is optimized for the iPhone 5 and is compatible with the iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad 2 or later and iPad mini.

Oh, and if you can’t get enough of NFL, check out the official NFL iOS app, now with Verizon-only streaming and updated for the 2013-14 season.

Download Madden NFL 25 for free on the App Store