FCB Ultimate Rush is a great app for the modern football fan, especially those who favour Barcelona. The game is like Temple Run – you move one of your Barca players across three lanes (middle, left and right) on the street to capture as many coins and power-ups as you can. On the way you have to avoid the cars, road blocks and more to get through to the end (in quest mode) or continue to reach the highest score (endless mode).
You can choose from five Blaugrana stars to lead your run, from the mischievous Luis Suarez to the nimble Lionel Messi or the magic touch of Andres Iniesta. There’s also dangerous winger Neymar Jr and if you’re looking for height and strength, Gerard Pique is the best man for a job.
What makes this game stand out is its ability to integrate the principles of football into an app that the average mobile gamer would expect to see. There is jumping (for a header), a slide (for a tackle) or a kick (to score a goal).
A nice touch FCB Ultimate Rush has added for football fans is the ‘pitch game mode’ where you gain a power-up to convert the streets to a football pitch. On this football pitch you can gain a plethora of coins but the main aim is to clash with the powerful footballs coming your way from the sky.
The game modes are particularly important. Endless games are usually only popular during periods of hype, which is why Temple Run has fallen in popularity. Yet this game offers you the chance to play quest mode, giving an incentive to the fans who want to play this game in the long-run.
It does get a little repetitive after a while as many of the levels are identical; a possible addition of more challenges could be viable, but it all depends on the nature of the player.
We rate it: 8.5 out of 10 – An addictive game that comes with incentives to play more. The only thing lacking is a diversity of game modes.
Where to Get: App Store / Android Store
Sports apparel is mostly about style over performance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have both.
ANTA has a variety of tops and bottoms available for every athlete on the move that not only stand out from an aesthetic sense, but are also designed to get you training at your best. Their A-Cool Faster and A-Sports Energy technology are especially perfect for the hot summer months, especially if you plan to break a sweat outdoors. Slip on one of their t-shirts with A-Cool Faster and you’ll feel sweat drained off as the inside remains dry.
It beats running around with a water-logged shirt weighing you down. The coolest part though, is the mini thermometer on the sleeve, which means you can actually keep track of the outdoor temperature so you don’t dehydrate. Pair the t-shirt with ANTA’s trousers or shorts. The wrinkle-free fabric of the trousers stays true to its shape and also wick moisture away. The shorts, meanwhile, feature four-way stretch fabric to maximise movement.
PRICE: Ranging from Dh90 to Dh195
WHERE TO BUY: ANTA stores across the UAE
Dynamism is at the heart of the collection, which features three new additions to the vault and is inspired by the refraction of light during light speed experiments. The boots are available in solar red, solar yellow and shock blue colourways. The X16+ Purechaos is designed for the fastest players in the world, coming in as the manufacturer’s lightest and most aerodynamic shoe. Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is just one of the stars set to race through defences in the solar red boot during 2016/17. It features a state-of-the-art Purecut Sock System which covers the boot laces to give all players the ultimate fit.
The Ace 16+ Purecontrol is one of the most innovative boots on the market. The laceless boot features a Primeknit upper and Non Stop Grip (NSG) technology, meaning France superstar Paul Pogba will possess unrivalled close control in them next season. The final addition is an homage to football’s greatest player. The Messi 16+ Pureagility has been given the shock blue treatment. Its Sprintframe has been designed to provide stability and traction in the lightest possible weight.
We had the pleasure of trying out the Ace 16+ Purecontrol (pictured with Al Wahda’s Sebastian Tagliabue) at the adidas activation zone at Dubai Sports World, which you can experience until August 27 as the company seeks out to find the fastest footballer in the Middle East. The lightweight boots helped us glide across the five-a-side pitch without ever feeling flimsy, supreme comfort being provided by the sock-like fit. Our confidence also grew exponentially as our touch became ever-more assured in them. Pogba’s place is not under threat, but you can feel the difference the construction makes to your play. All three boots are not cheap, yet quality comes at a price.
#FirstNeverFollows is the hashtag for the range and if you are serious about taking your game to the next level, they are worth buying.
We rate it: 9 out of 10: You’ll look great and play even better in them.
WHERE TO BUY: Available in all adidas stores across the UAE
PRICE: X16+ Purechaos: Dh995; Ace16+ Purecontrol: Dh1,045; Messi 16+ Pureagility: Dh1,095.