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By Art Green | Oct 7, 2012 |

Game Introduction - Big Win Football

Big Win Football is a competitive card game developed by Hothead Games where you collect cards to dominate your opponent on the gridiron. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Quick Start Guide

  • To download the game, click the “Play Now” button at the top of this page.
  • Once downloaded, click the “play” button
  • That’s it! You’re ready to start the game!

How to Play:

Big Win Football

  • Starting Up: When you first fire up the game, you’ll be greeted with your “starter pack”.  The starter pack includes players in every position of the game from running back to free safety.  It also includes some “big impact” cards, but we’ll hear more on these later.  The starter pack is simply there to get you going, and you won’t need to review anything in much detail at this point.

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  • Playing a Game:  From the main menu, shown above—select “play”.  From there, you will have the option of playing in the “Daily Big Bowl”, “Friend’s Big Bowl” or just a “Quick Game”. 
  • Game: The game plays out in front of you.  You have your cards already determined based on your selection, and it is up to a combination of skillful choosing and luck to determine who wins the game.  You can choose to watch the game in its entirety, but watching it has no bearing on the outcome.  Therefore, if it's volume you're after, go ahead and skip to the end of most games. With that said, watching can be fun too!

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  • Big Impact Cards: Before each game, if you have the cards to do it, you can select from a roster of “Big Impact” cards.  They can increase your likelihood of an interception, or of a receiver catching a ball, forcing a fumble, and so on.  These cards help in swaying the odds of winning in your favor, but using one doesn't necessarily guarantee a win; it's important to remember that. 

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  • Daily Big Bowl: The Daily Big Bowl is the mode on which you’ll want to maintain most of your focus if you want to play the game competitively.  This "bowl" conists of twelve game competitions where you’ll play against opposing teams for prizes.  The prizes vary, but in my experience, placement anywhere in the top five results in a surprisingly generous amount of the game's premium currency!

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  • Levels: For every win, you gain 100 fans, in addition to the amount of points you scored in the game.  You also have a level bar, which, when passed, results in the gaining of coin and "buck" bonuses.
  • Coins: Coins are the base currency of Big Win Football. The coins can be used to buy bronze and silver card packs.
  • Bronze Card Packs: Bronze card packs cost 175 coins and include bronze level players (the lowest in the game), big impact cards, bronze skill upgrades and contract cards.
  • Silver Card Packs: Silver card packs cost 1000 coins and include silver level players (third highest in the game), big impact cards, silver skill upgrades and contract cards.

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  • Bucks: Bucks are the premium currency in the game.  Above are the prices for which you can currently purchase bucks with cold hard cash, in order to upgrade your team and skills.  With that said, you can earn bucks by participating in Daily Big Bowl events and by leveling your team.
  • Gold and Player Card Packs: For 10 bucks, you can purchase gold card packs which include the second best level of players, big impact cards, gold skill upgrades and contract cards.  Player packs - arguably the best quality content - cost 100 “bucks” and include only players.  You get six players, most of them being gold—but you also have a chance at “platinum” players—the best available in the game.

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  • Contracts: Much like in actual football, contracs can be an issue.  Thankfully you don’t have to worry about contract holdouts, but each player has a base amount of games in which they can play before their skills diminish.  They can still play after their "contract expires," mind you, but they’re only going to be playing at about half of their natural ability.  This can be an absolute killer in the luck-skill shakeout.  Make sure you have contract cards available to give to players, or at least players of similar skill to replace players whose contracts are up.  Each player can only have their contract renewed five times before they must be replaced by another player.
  • Injuries: Injuries can also be an issue.  Much like contracts, players can tough it out through injuries, but they’ll again be playing at half their ability.  It costs 100 coins to heal the injured player. Early on, if you've injured an expendable player (bronze level), simply see if you have another player card to replace them.  If not, it's arguably better to pony up the 100 coins and hope for a win to replace the lost scratch.
  • Energy: Energy determines if you can play a game or not.  If you play a lot of games in a row, you will run out of energy.  Thankfully, if you so choose, you can get notifications from the game to let you know when your energy has returned so you can go back and play some more games, gain some coins, buy some packs and upgrade your team.

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  • Editing Your Team: From the main menu, select “My Team”. From there, you can do a myriad of things to improve your team.  
  • Skill Cards: This is perhaps the most important aspect of the game.  Especially starting out, your team is pretty bad. Such is the lot of a new football manager!  Thankfully, you’ll be playing against other bad teams so it’s an even playing field.  To get an advantage, keep buying card packs and using the skill cards you acquire to upgrade your team.  They will help your team in the dice roll regarding victory and defeat.  The better your players are, the better chance you have to win.  Makes sense, right?
  • Tip Regarding Skill Cards:  Use your knowledge with regards to football.  Do you really need to upgrade your defensive lineman’s hands?  Should you spend gold skill cards on bronze players?  Make sure you’re using the right cards on the right players depending on their position, but also make sure that you’re upgrading players that can make the most of the card.  You can use gold cards that will only upgrade one player’s ability a couple of points, as opposed to 6-8 on another player.  No one player is important to your success—you just want your overall skill as high as possible to improve your chances of victory.


You have completed Gamezebo’s quick start guide for Big Win Football! You should be all set on your way to play your best game! Be sure to check back often for game updates, staff and user reviews, user tips, forums comments and much more here at Gamezebo! 

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