Football games frequently appear on the Play Store and normally the only games worth considering are the likes of FIFA 14 from the most established developers. New Star Soccer is a new twist to the standard concept of a football related game, and it will appeal to many users. Read on to find out why!
Create Your Player
After downloading New Star Soccer your first step will be to create your player. On the creation page you have a choice of Name, Gender and skin colour. The final option on this page is choosing the league you would like to join. You can pick from nearly every country in the world with a football league, however, at this point you won’t be able to pick which team you play for. As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to change to different leagues so don’t worry about being stuck in one country.
The next step is to pick your player’s Nationality and this will remain fixed throughout the game. At this stage, your choice doesn’t affect how well you will do with these teams. The chance of your national team winning depends on how good your star rating is when you develop your player. For example, I won the World Cup with Wales, something which is unlikely to occur in real life.
After deciding upon your country you will need to go through various trials before you can start to play.
The trials consist of various challenges, and they also serve as a good introduction to the gameplay. They involve shooting a ball into a net, intercepting a pass and passing the ball through some sticks. After completing them, you will be allocated to a team in the bottom league of the country you chose to play in.
Understand the Home Screen
One thing I love about New Star Soccer is how simple the game is. The developers haven’t tried to be extravagant with graphics or functionality, but have instead given you something easy to use. At the bottom of the page you have your main four navigation options, League, Skills, Life and the option to Play a game.
- In League, you can check the current standings and look up future fixtures.
- Skills gives you the chance to upgrade stats such as power and pace to improve your performance during gameplay.
- Life shows you your reputation with your Boss, Team, Fans, Girlfriend and Sponsors — improving these will increase your happiness. Here you also have the option to buy Items, Vechicles and Property, as well as the chance to gamble all your money away on slots or horse racing.
You’ll quickly notice that the amount of possibilities on this app are limited, but, that is not necessarily a bad element. The game will still capture your playing time for hours due to its addictive gaming experience and challenging feats.
Play Your First Match!
When you’ve finished understanding the main screen of the game, it’s time to start your first match which is done by clicking Play in the bottom right. This will bring you to the game screen which is basically a live update of the football match. The first thing I would recommend would be that you speed up the game by clicking on the arrows in the top left. When on top speed the games go far faster and are less boring.
During the game, when your player collects the ball you will have the chance to play. Depending on the position of your player you will be required to take different types of shots, passes or even the chance to intercept. The first step of taking a shot is the direction and you can use an arrow on the screen to pick the destination and power of the shot. After releasing this arrow another screen will appear which will require you to tap on the ball which is moving across the screen. Where you tap on this ball will dictate whether it goes left, right or straight. For new players pressing on this ball will be a challenge to perfect at the start but it will soon become quite natural.
After completing 90 minutes of a match, a screen will appear showing the statistics of the game and how much your star rating has improved. This in turn allows you to get higher wages and advances you to better clubs. Also after a match, you will be able to see how much your wages were for that specific match.
A few weeks ago New Star Soccer cost just under a pound to buy, however, now it appears free in the Play Store — this change occurred after the major overhaul to the game that came recently. Now users can download it for free, but it really only serves as a quick demo of the game. Without the Pro License, you are restricted from: negotiating a new contract, transferring to a new club, hiring an agent or trainer and removing ads. If you want to play this game properly, the minimal price is definitely worth it.
Users who had purchased the game prior to this update have been automatically given the Pro License so there is no need to buy the game twice.
New Star Soccer is a game I would highly recommend to any avid football fan. This is the kind of game you’ll be able to pick up whenever you like and instantly begin immersing yourself in football within seconds. I would also recommend you buy the Pro License if you want to play frequently. The bonuses gained from it make the game worth playing a lot more and will mean you won’t get bored quickly.
New Star Soccer is worthy of its high reputation because of how every part of the app has been executed — simplicity is a theme that runs strong throughout. Also now that the game is free to try, it gives you no excuse not to have a go.