Anyone who wants to play some American football on their mobile devices without having to master a ton of features and a variety of different modes should check out Good Job Games’ latest offering for iOS, Touchdown Glory 2020. The company, which has also released titles such as Color Bump 3D, Run Race 3D, and others, has distilled the sport down to its simplest, which means simple tap, hold, and swipe actions as you try to score more touchdowns and avoid getting tackled while on the way to your opponent’s end zone.
This may be one of the simplest sports games available on the App Store, but you will nonetheless need to learn a couple of things if you want to throw the perfect pass far more often than not and end up smoking the competition. So with that having been said, here’s our Touchdown Glory 2020 beginner’s guide, which features six tips and pointers that you can use to your advantage as you progress from one league to the next and deal with the increasingly tough competition. This isn’t traditional American football, but as you’ll find out in a bit, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing either.
1. The Normal Rules Of American Football Don’t Apply
As this is a casual game that isn’t anywhere near as intensive or as intricate as Madden NFL or any other high-end American football game, it should come as no surprise that Touchdown Glory 2020 takes quite a few liberties when it comes to the sport’s rules. First of all, there are only eight positions per team — one quarterback, two wide receivers, and one halfback on offense, and one defensive tackle, one middle linebacker, one cornerback, and one safety on defense.
Only passing plays are available in this game despite the presence of a halfback, and since there are only four players per team on the field at any given time, that does limit what teams can do on the field — there aren’t any offensive linemen to block, and there aren’t any kickers to attempt field goals or extra points, or punters/returners to set up the next offensive series. But the main difference in terms of rules has something to do with how downs work.
Normally, teams start at first-and-10 and have, by default, four downs, or chances to score — gaining a combined 10 yards across these downs would result in a first down, with the fourth one usually for field goal attempts or punting once a team is unable to get close enough to the opposing team’s end zone. That’s all been simplified in Touchdown Glory 2020, which strangely refers to an unsuccessful attempt to score as a “down.” Here, you have three attempts — no more and no less — to score per period. And take note that we said period, because the four-quarters rule does not apply here. With no points after touchdown, that means you can score a maximum of 18 points in a game.
Also worth noting is the fact that once you gain more than 10 yards, you don’t get a fresh set of downs like you would in real football. That’s automatically considered a wasted “down,” though most of the time, you’ll likely need two attempts to reach the opponent’s end zone. Don’t expect accurate yardage to be counted, though — for example, you may be just a couple yards away from the opponent’s end zone once you’re tackled, but that won’t lead to your typical first-and-goal situation. Instead, you’ll be passing from the opponent’s 30 or 40, thus requiring a shorter, yet nonetheless lengthy run to the end zone.
Again, given the traditional limits of casual gaming, this game does not involve any PvP elements, even if the game allows you to progress from league to league by winning tournaments and defeating the AI-controlled competition as it gradually gets stronger. Each tournament features eight teams, with a quarterfinal round, a semifinal round, and a final round — that’s a total of three games, and after winning one game, you will earn coins, which are the game’s common, and only currency. You will, however, have the option to watch an ad video in order to double your earnings, as well as an option to watch an ad in order to replay games you lost and get another chance at moving forward in the tournaments.
As we’ve noticed, all eight teams are named the same across each league, and there doesn’t seem to be any discernible difference in terms of strength, though we’ve definitely noticed how the seven AI teams get better as you move up from one league to the next.
It’s simple, no-bells-and-whistles sports gaming, to cut the long story short, but there are a few things you may need to keep in mind if you’re hoping to go beyond the Ultimate League and have the most dominant possible roster.
2. Aim Your Passes Carefully And Don’t Randomly Tap On Your Screen
Each game played in Touchdown Glory 2020 works the same way, aside from the ways that we mentioned above. For each play and each attempt to score a touchdown, you will be randomly assigned a passing play, after which you will have to drag your finger across your screen, aim your pass at any one of the three receivers (and yes, that once again includes your halfback), and release your finger.
We recommend letting go once you see that the circle at the end of the line that’s drawn when dragging across the screen aligns perfectly with a receiver, or is as close to aligned as possible. It’s fine to take your time while trying to make sure you’re closely lined up, but don’t take too much time — depending on the quality of the opponent’s defense, you might end up getting sacked after about five seconds or so! That, of course, results in what the game calls “down” but is actually one of your three attempts failed, if we are to be accurate about things.
Another thing to remember when passing the ball to a receiver is that you should be very careful not to accidentally tap on your screen at random once you are prompted to pass the ball. Although it’s seemingly all about tapping-and-holding, dragging, and releasing, the game will count your random, accidental tap as a pass attempt, and one that will invariably be unsuccessful! You don’t want to see the dreaded word “down” on your screen representing a wasted chance, so stay as disciplined as possible when trying to get the ball to a receiver!
3. How To Evade A Defender Properly
Once your quarterback successfully connects with a receiver, you will notice that the receiver will automatically run in a straight line toward the opponent’s end zone. You will still be able to control him by swiping left or right in order for him to evade an opposing defender, and there happens to be a proper way to do this in Touchdown Glory 2020.
The first thing to remember here is that this is not your standard high-end football game. Conventional wisdom would suggest juking — or quickly feinting from left to right and back — in order to fake out the defender and give you a clearer path to the end zone. However, that doesn’t work too well in this game, and neither would doing so when there aren’t any defenders visible on the screen. Moving left or right while on a run expends energy, and it happens to be more energy than what is spent when your receiver is running that straight-line route by himself.
All that, in other words, means that you should go one direction straight in order to successfully evade a defender — no herky-jerky back-and-forth motions, just one clear left or right swipe, followed by another, preferably in the opposite direction, in order to throw the second defender off your tracks. Keep repeating until you’ve evaded all four defenders, or until you’re finally tackled.
Based on our experience, it’s very hard to have one perfect run all the way to the end zone without using a second or third chance. As your receiver loses energy/stamina, they tend to slow down, and that too applies when they’re moving left or right — evasive maneuvers lose their efficacy when they’re gassed. Keep your expectations reasonable and don’t let it get you down if you don’t make it to the end zone in one attempt.
4. Visit The Free Agent Menu To Quickly Improve Your Lineup
On the main menu, you’ll see a button on the left side that says Free Agent, and you will want to go here on a regular basis — preferably right after you get promoted to a new league — to buy new players to add to your roster. At first, you will start with a roster where everyone on both offense (called “attack” in the game) and defense has the lowest possible rating of 20, and you have the option to pay coins or watch a video in order to upgrade their rating by increments of five.
You can take this route in the first two leagues or so, but as you earn enough coins by doubling your winnings after winning games or getting promoted, it will invariably be a better choice to use the Free Agent menu to improve your team quickly.
Don’t see the position you need or are the player(s) playing that position too lowly-rated to be added to your team? This won’t be an unusual occurrence, as there will only be a maximum of six players available in the Free Agent list per day. However, you have the option to pay only 750 coins in order to re-roll the list of players — this may seem like a lot early on, but we guarantee you that will seem inconsequential once you reach the later leagues and are earning well over 10,000 coins as a promotion reward.
There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the number of times you re-roll for a new list of six players, but in any event, you’ll need to wait another 24 hours after re-rolling if you choose not to do so again before the game automatically refreshes the Free Agent list.
5. The New Uniforms Don’t Change Gameplay
On the right side of the main menu, opposite of the Free Agent button, is the Market button, and this is where you can go if you want to earn free coins by watching ad videos. You can also go here to unlock new uniforms for 300 coins a pop. But just in case you aren’t familiar with how super-simple, casual gaming works, we have some bad news in case you’re expecting the new uniforms (currently, there are six) to do something special, say, give you a statistical boost or come with some sort of power-up.
As is the case with many games in this genre, the new uniforms in Touchdown Glory 2020 do not do anything outside of changing things up cosmetically. Nothing changes in terms of the gameplay — there are uniforms that look similar to those worn by the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers, among others, but these do not add anything to the table. But if you’re a completist, it will only cost you 1,500 to unlock all six (that is, the five new ones plus your default uniform) , and we agree that toggling between uniforms is a good way to break the monotony.
6. What Comes After The Ultimate League?
Although you may think that the Ultimate League is the be-all and end-all of competition in Touchdown Glory 2020, it actually isn’t — that’s simply your first main goal in the game. You can unlock a number of other leagues afterward — the first series is gem and precious material-based (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Emerald, etc.), while the second series is based on nuts — and with each new league, you can earn more coins and theoretically come to a point where you can have a lineup where all eight players have a perfect 100 rating! It doesn’t get much better than that, though we’ve yet to confirm whether the gameplay here is truly endless, as it is in many other games in the casual genre.
That would be all for now as far as our Touchdown Glory 2020 tips, cheats and strategies are concerned. If you happen to know any other tips or tricks for the game, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!