Wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Top-down footie games normally try to be Sensible Soccer, but fail.

So it was with some trepidation that I paid my £1.19 and started up the game.

I made the mistake of starting to play without reading the instructions. Don’t do that. You see, the game’s got a lovely passing mechanic that you simply won’t discover until you read the instructions telling you how to do it. (Or maybe you will, if you’re not as stupid as me. I don’t know. Maybe you’re some sort of robot-headed football game genius. I’m not making any assumptions.)

So, I thought I liked the game, but wasn’t sure.

World Soccer Champs 2010

It's better than Striker on the Super Nintendo, at least.

After reading the instructions, I knew I liked the game. Oh, it’s a bit of a mess when I’m defending, but that’s always the case with me and footie games. Attacking is absolutely lovely, though – and I’ve even managed to score some goals. Hooray!

I think I’ve nearly played as many matches of this game as I have of the official FIFA World Cup game already, which is quite impressive.

It may or may not be to your taste, I really don’t know, but I’m throughly enjoying and think it’s well worth trying.