New Star Soccer is a football game for Android devices that's half sports action, half RPG progression, and all 100 percent addiction.
While Gameloft and EA try to cram full console football experiences into an awkward touch screen interface, indie developer Simon Read has tried to simplify the sport. It's proved to be a masterstroke.
As a single striker starting out, you begin in non-league football as a 16-year-old with shocking match fitness, working your way to the big time. On the pitch, this means scoring wonder goals, setting up chances for your team and intercepting the odd ball here and there. Off the pitch, it means dressing for success and decking your house in so much tat that MTV's Cribs would stage a tackiness intervention.
As you work your way through your career you negotiate new contracts for yourself and earn sponsorships with sports labels and energy drinks. Naturally, the higher your player's star rating the more your player earns. It's not all plain sailing though as you battle your crushing depression (sort of) by spending your hard earned money on materialistic items, such as rings, fast cars and equally fast women. See also: Best Android Apps
This RPG side of the game is just a bonus, though: it's on match day that it really shines. Each chance starts from a top-down perspective. You pull back on the ball, Angry Birds style, to set the power and direction. When you release, the ball comes in from a first-person perspective and you tap at the right angle to set the curve, deftly dinking it over heads, or screeching into the top corner. You have to think, though: greedy players don't get passed to, and inaccurate strikers get dropped - something you get reminded of all too often. See Stick Cricket for Android review.
Between matches, you can train up your skills to make an impression when Saturday comes. With work, your player can be faster and more powerful, both to ensure more wins, and to get that big-money transfer. Until then, you will learn to love the lower leagues. See also Top ten Android apps.
If you're a fan of Football Manager and Fifa you're going to love this game. It's definitely worth the Â£1.99 download price.
This is a game for football fans out there who have always dreamed what being a pro footballer is like. It's a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows and saving your hard earned cash to buy things that improve your ability and personal life. In short, it's a great app...if you like football.
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