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Pelé: Soccer Legend finally appears on the web

Cross-platform game publisher Poki and NYC-based studio Cosi Games are bringing Pelé: Soccer Legend to desktops and laptops everywhere. Available for free on Poki.com, the arcade sports game gives players the opportunity to become Pelé. Regardless of who's in your tribe, Pelé: Soccer Legend is the sports game tailored for you.

The Virtual Playground
Poki.com is a free game platform with thousands of casual titles. The online portal connects millions of gamers across the globe. There are plenty of multiplayer games, fierce solo adventures, and puzzles for players of every age. Poki has an intelligent recommendation system that connects each visitor with the games they're most likely to enjoy. Pelé: Soccer Legend is one of the latest additions to Poki's growing collection of high-quality games.

The True Legend
Pelé was the best. Actually, he still is the best. The Brazilian soccer all-star holds many world records to this day, 40 years after his retirement. Pelé scored 619 goals in 638 appearances with Santos FC. He also spent the majority of his career with the Brazil national football team, helping them win a trio of FIFA World Cup championships. Pelé won his first title in 1958, at age 16, making him the youngest player to do so. There are too many impressive feats to mention here. To dive deeply into his famously fantastic career, watch the 2016 documentary, Pelé: Birth of a Legend.

The Game
Pelé: Soccer Legend is an inspiring and addictive game. It has 3D graphics that boast photorealistic textures and appealing lighting. The sights and sounds of the game make players feel like they are in the back alleys of Brazil—that is where the majority of the action takes place, as gamers are tested on their kicking skills, headers, and creativity. In order to earn full marks, players must hone their abilities on the streets, just like Pelé did before achieving international success.

Whether Pelé needs to kick the ball straight, bend it, or perform a header, players will relish the minimalist control scheme. When playing on a touch-screen, there are zero buttons to press. Gamers must swipe to kick; that's all there is to it. The simple controls surprisingly result in more command over the ball. The swiping motion determines how Pelé's leg moves. When swiping straight through the ball, Pelé will kick with precise back spin or top spin. The ball will fly straight and hard in whichever direction the player aims. To bend the ball, draw a curve to the left or right. Just like in real life, Pelé will execute a shot that can fool any goalkeeper.

The Bonuses
Not everything in Pelé: Soccer Legend is so realistic. There are 5 power-ups that help players complete the most difficult scoring challenges. The Fire Booster, Magnet Ball, and Multiball are just a few different ways of enhancing a shot. These power-ups are straight out of other casual arcade games, adding wild elements to the action and keeping it lighthearted.

The Apps
There is more than one way to play Pelé: Soccer Legend. The iOS version, compatible with devices running iOS 8.0 and up, offers the same great graphics as the web edition. The iOS game also lets players go into the locker room, where they can transform Pelé with new uniforms, hairstyles, and gear. This fun feature is also included in Android versions of Pelé: Soccer Legend. In addition to exploring to the locker room, mobile gamers can challenge each other in a multiplayer mode. Head-to-head soccer battles are always fun, because no two gamers kick (i.e. swipe) the exact same way. For heroic sports action on any device, become the all-star in Pelé: Soccer Legend.

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