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Retro Bowl is an American football video game developed by New Star Games, and was released in January of 2020 on both iOS and Android (Apple App Store and Google Play Store download links above). Due to its exposure on TikTok, the game massively increased in popularity in late 2021, trending on the app for quite some time and gained lots of popularity because of it. However, even beforehand it had grown to a widely popular game with over 1 million downloads in May of 2020.

Imagine owning an NFL franchise and being able to do anything that you want with it. With Retro Bowl, you can expand your roster, take care of your press duties to keep your team and fans happy. The game lets you run the team of your dreams to see how it competes against the opponents in the game. The game also has a story that goes along with it where certain events will occur and choices have to be made as the game is played.

There are endless ways to customize your team and numerous strategies to ensure the game will never get boring. With the help of the free agency, you can quickly improve or rebuild your team to your liking. Retro Bowl is the perfect mix of control and auto-play!

The game is playable on all devices and can be sized to full screen on this website if desired. To enter and exit full screen mode, click on the icon located in the bottom right corner of the game.

Go on and play! Create the team of your dreams and see how it compares to the others.

Note: Upon your first time playing, the game starts with a tutorial. Playing through the tutorial will teach you how to play, and once completed, the game can be played freely.

Retro bowl fullscreen and controls

Retro Bowl Fullscreen: Click or touch the square icon in the bottom right of the game screen to activate Retro Bowl Fullscreen.

Desktop Controls: Use the mouse/trackpad to control the football players as they pass, run, and dive.

Mobile Controls: Swipe left, right, down, and up to control the football players as they pass, run, and dive. All you do is quickly swipe on the screen. Swipe up to go to your running back's right. Swipe down to go to the left. If you time it right, you can get in some sweet stiff-arm moves and avoid tackles.

Retro Bowl Tips

1. Only the playoffs matter.

Your first game season is the hardest; this is because of a lack of in-game currency, aka Coaching Credits, to make any major personnel moves. A recent update of the game has it adopt the 7-team playoff format the NFL recently put in place, meaning unless you become the No. 1 seed in either the AFC or NFC, you’re not going to get a bye in the first round, meaning your path to the Super Bowl will be exactly the same whether you’re 16-0 and seeded at No. 1, or 8-8 and seeded at No. 6. Don’t worry if you have a lousy couple of games in the regular season, especially during your first season. Your main goal during Year 1 will be stacking up on the Coaching Credits, which will eventually let you draft and sign the players you need, as well as get yourself the right coaching staff.

2. Draft for potential with balance being key.

It’s essential when you’re starting out, to make full utilization of the retro bowl draft, and that will involve trading some of your lower-end players you inherited in your first season, that you were stuck with, for better players with real potential. Drafting players is an art with many factors at play. You must scout wisely, as your ideal player is someone who doesn’t cost much, fills your needs, and has the potential to grow into a great player — the last of which you can know if you use one of your few scouting reports on them. Don’t necessarily load up on 1st round draft picks, as some of them can be as expensive as signing a free agent, and everyone will not be a superstar. Please keep in mind that some rookie contracts are brief — a 2-year rookie contract is not uncommon — and at the end of that contract, their values will spike. So, you have a small window to develop them, and while you get the player for a steal, it’s only for a year or two. Knowing how to draft effectively is key to the free version of this game, as you only have ten roster spots, and most years, you won’t be able to get everything you want. Stack your offense with some playmakers at WR and TE, and plan to spend the most on a QB with a good arm and accuracy. Fill your defense year after year with high-potential but affordable players. A good roster will consist at minimum of: a QB who can do the job, two WRs, a RB a TE, and then four of the best defensive players you can find. Try fitting in a backup QB in there because when your QB gets injured, it can seriously impact what plays you can make.

3. Limit your turnovers.

Football is a game in which the person who makes the least mistakes wins. You must limit turnovers, and this can be accomplished by your quarterback throwing the ball far over the defender’s heads, and make sure you have fast WRs. The worst thing that’ll happen is you get an incomplete pass. It’s better than giving the other team another possession. In the event your QB goes down, and you don’t have a backup, and you’re left with default sprite at the position, don’t throw the long pass. A regular player’s arm strength and accuracy are not good, so your best bet is to go with a series of fast and short, quick passes. And be aware that you still might not be able to avoid interceptions in this scenario — the position of QB is very important in this game.

4. A great kicker is important.

Football is a game in which the person who makes the least mistakes wins. You must limit turnovers, and this can be accomplished by your quarterback throwing the ball far over the defender’s heads, and make sure you have fast WRs. The worst thing that’ll happen is you get an incomplete pass. It’s better than giving the other team another possession. In the event your QB goes down, and you don’t have a backup, and you’re left with default sprite at the position, don’t throw the long pass. A regular player’s arm strength and accuracy are not good, so your best bet is to go with a series of fast and short, quick passes. And be aware that you still might not be able to avoid interceptions in this scenario — the position of QB is very important in this game.

5. Get good at 2 point conversions.

What wins the close games are 2-point conversions after touchdowns, and if you have a top-rated RB, these are ridiculously easy to make — just throw them a short pass and score. Even an average RB can make these passes reliably if they’re in position — as you give them a short pass in the end-zone, BUT don’t run it. If you become fast and efficient at 2 pointers, it means the only way you can lose is if you turn the ball over a lot, or your opponent blows you out by scoring a lot of touchdowns. This simple skill will drastically increase your winning percentage​.

faq

Can I play on a phone or tablet device?

Yes, Retro Bowl can be played on retrobowl.net using your phone or tablet device. For the best game experience on these devices, turn your screen sideways and click on the full-screen button located on the bottom right side of the game. On these devices, you can also play Retro Bowl by downloading the Retro Bowl app from the IOS and Android app stores.

Can you play defense?

In Retro Bowl, you can only play on offense, not on defense. Not only does this mean that building a quality offense is more important than building a good defense, but it also means that no individual defensive position is more important than any other defensive position.

Can you change teams?

Yes, you can switch teams in Retro Bowl. When you change teams, you can expect that your new team will be in just as bad of shape as the team you started your career with, regardless of that team's displayed ratings.

How do you throw a bullet pass in a Retro Bowl?

You need to go back to pass normally by pulling back with your finger on the screen. Once you are back to pass, tap on the screen with another finger to convert your throw into a bullet pass.

What is the salary cap?

The Retro Bowl salary cap is $200,000,000.

Does the game cost money?

The game is free to play online. If you download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, there are some paid upgrades. But you definitely can enjoy the game, and all its fun, absolutely free online.

Is the game endless?

The unlimited version gives the player 200 coaching credits worth of a salary cap boost, which lasts a long time. The web version is free to play. The mobile version allows you to purchase some additional features.

How do you hack a Retro Bowl game?

There is no way to hack a game in Retro Bowl. There are no cheat codes. The game is made to play in a fair way.

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