GREE Quietly Releases NFL Shuffle Card Battle Game

Rick Martin
10:20 am on Dec 24, 2012


Japanese mobile gaming company GREE (TYO:3632) has quietly pushed out an NFL-branded card battle game for iOS late last week called NFL Shuffle. This comes on the heels of a similar MLB title which came out this past October, and has fared ok in the ‘sports’ and ‘role playing’ categories.

Speaking as a big fan of NFL football and as someone who is warming up to the card battle genre, this was a game I was excited to try out. You start out by picking your offensive and defensive captains for your team. From there you take them into battle in either season or versus mode. In games, the value of your card in comparison to your opponent’s determines your chances of moving forward from the line of scrimmage. If your opponent has a higher value card on his defensive squad, you’ll want to use one of your limited ‘swaps’ or ‘shuffles,’ or else you run the risk of a fumble or interception.

You have four downs to go the length of the field, and if you don’t score, the ball is turned over to the other team. There are no kickers or punters in the game, so you’re limited to quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends on offense. In order to build a better team, you can collect new cards and evolve them via the mentoring feature. Although for me, I found that this card evolve function just stopped working after I reached around level 10. Hopefully that can be fixed in an upcoming release. Update: It appears to be working fine now. But there are still some bugs with some of the goals you’re required to complete.

Users can also collect gold as the seasons go on, giving them the ability to buy premium cards. In my own game so far, premium cards have been Darrelle Revis, Andre Johnson, and Donald Brown [1]. If the evolution function hadn’t broke, I might have really enjoyed merging my crappy cards to boost them even further.

Overall it looks like a really promising game. And assuming that the early bugs get fixed, I think it could be one my favorite GREE games to date. But it remains to be seen if it’s something that most NFL fans would go for.

I do recommend that football fans out there give it a try and let us know what you think [2]. It can be downloaded now from the US app store.

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  1. Note to GREE: There ain’t nothing premium about Donald Brown.  ↩

  2. Add me as a friend! (code 543272249) If you do, I think I get some goodies!  ↩

  • Shawn Fath

    I have a big problem with this game I can only see one card only that is my very first card I pick the rest the cards are all blank I contact the developer they blamed it on my phone well the funny thing is I have three iPhones and iPod touch same thing happens on all of them They’re all iPhone fives all 32 Gaeke I’ll have plenty a memory all around 4G tried everything unloaded reloaded did everything the developer doesn’t care at all Me personally I’ve been leaving bad reviews for all of their games until they care since they said it is my fault and they hadn’t they cannot fix it so I have no idea how this could get a good review when you go on the app store and luck they have almost 40% negative reviews

  • KPCSlor

    There has been a new mini-game added for the playoffs. Bugs are still there, but getting beter.

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  • Maximum Fun

    Best review of this game on the web. Sent you a friend invite.

    Everyone else, feel free to add me: 246 751 750

  • Howyadulin

    How do you get higher grade players? Do you actually have to buy them or can you stumble across them? My highest grade is 4 and I keep getting killed….it says they’re upgraded as high as they can be?

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  • Earl

    Please add me !!!! 539327119

  • legomaheggoz

    555 487 468
    Pretty neat game if you ask me.

  • PROJEKT 49’ers

    love the game just need to get me some offensive players. 362447223 if added and sent gold i will send gold right back every day..

  • Gareth

    Really addictive once you get your head round the strategy required. Nice review. Please add me 229040525, if you send me a gift I will always send one back.

  • Ben

    Great game although premium cards usually give me a 4, 4 limited, 4 pro bowl. I think premium cards should give level 5s and 6s

  • Mark

    Good stuff. Add me too. 561 576 286

  • chris

    when will they make this for android?!

  • Chris

    893419824 add me

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