Poki Publishing and Cosi Games have teamed up to release Pelé: Soccer Legend on the web. Playing as Pelé, football fans around the world are bound to enjoy performing his signature moves. The smooth-feeling, great-looking web game is now free to play on Poki.com.
Poki is a virtual playground that offers thousands of high-quality Internet games. Their expansive assortment includes every genre under the sun, from arcade to puzzle to multiplayer. Pelé: Soccer Legend is the latest entry in Poki’s WebGL collection—a group of modern games with 3D graphics and immersive qualities normally reserved for paid titles. Much like the other WebGL games on Poki, Pelé: Soccer Legend offers high-quality sports entertainment without any cost.
CaughtOffside readers know the name. Pelé is the greatest goal scorer to ever play the sport. His countless feats and unbroken records led FIFA to name him “Football Player of the Century.” It’s a well-deserved title, considering Pelé had a commanding presence in all three of his FIFA World Cup titles. The video quality might not be great, but the highlight reels from Brazil’s 1958, 1962, and 1970 victories are worth watching. Pelé had an unmistakable star quality on the field, outplaying defenders and scoring goals with gusto. Pelé’s bending free kicks and unstoppable bicycle kicks are still studied today, decades after his last goal.
Pelé: Soccer Legend is equally an authentic sports game and arcade hit. Athletes and novices will learn how to kick like the Brazilian all-star. Throughout the game, modern-day Pelé will appear and give players advice. His tips are invaluable, serving as a tutorial on how to play.
Pelé: Soccer Legend is neither a button-masher nor a sports simulation. There are no convoluted menus through which players must wade. In fact, there aren’t any keymaps to learn. In this game, players swipe the screen to kick. This gives gamers full control over the path of the ball, and it feels much more realistic than aiming with a controller (i.e. the classic D-pad). When playing on a touchscreen, the gamer’s finger acts as Pelé’s foot. Flick straight to kick the ball directly in that direction, without any curve. Or, swipe at an angle to bend the ball. Flicking and swiping techniques in the game can work as well as—or even better than—they do in the real world.
In addition to the kicking mechanics, there are a bunch of fun scoring aspects in Pelé: Soccer Legend. For instance, no two levels are the same. Each round challenges players with a different mission. During a basic level, players have to score a certain number of goals. There might be a lone goalkeeper, or the net could be guarded by a team of defenders. During other levels, players have to kick the ball through certain parts of the net. In Pelé: Soccer Legend, scoring in corners or near the crossbar is always worth more points.
The web version of Pelé: Soccer Legend is filled with features, several of which aren’t covered here. To explore it all on a computer, head over to Poki.com. There are also mobile-only versions of the game for iOS and Android. The App Store hosts direct install links for all iOS 8.0+ devices. For Android phones and tablets, visit Google Play. Mobile editions of Pelé: Soccer Legend include extra levels and new missions each day. There’s also an online multiplayer mode where gamers can challenge each other in real time. For even more soccer shenanigans, visit the in-game locker room to customize your athlete with a new uniform, shoes, and fashionable hairstyle. Score in style, just like Pelé.