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Madden NFL 06 was developed not internally, but by a development house called Finite Monkeys. And it ultimately feels like they were rushed to get this game on the decks by "Madden Tuesday." This is unfortunate, because I think a lot of people will download the game hoping to have a "Madden experience" on their handset, and just end up with an average football game, albeit one with above-average visuals and spoken commentary. There are still footballers coming from JAMDAT and THQ Wireless. Players may wish to see how those releases shake out before fattening their cellphone bills with their final football selection.
Madden NFL 06 is a decent game of football with a solid statistical foundation. It breaks new ground for the franchise and promises future installments for football fans. However, this edition definitely shows EA's wireless inexperience and wasn't the stunner it should have been. In particular, the game's visuals are a disappointment. If you already have a V Cast phone, Madden 06 isn't a bad way to go. It's just not the killer app that forces an upgrade.
Madden NFL 06 has merit, and it's this kind of merit that will attract fans. But its questionable gameplay decisions and presentation quirks, along with its massive sizes (this thing really does take up cell phone space), leave it somewhat lacking in the face of the legend it's created. Maybe next year.