Take your player to the Euros or World Cup in this brilliant update
New Star Soccer is a stunning combination of touch-screen football and lifestyle management. The game casts you as a young professional playing for one of the lower league clubs. As the years progress, teams in the divisions above will begin to notice, offering increasing riches in order to tempt a signature. A career which begins in Boston, can end up in Man U – and now even move internationally.
The work of independent developer Simon Read, New Star Soccer is a game which is completely dominating the devices upon which it is installed. This free update introduces expanded career options, including Champions League, Europa League, the Libertadores for clubs and World Cup qualifiers, finals and the African Cup of Nations for national teams - and is available from the App Store and Google Play now.
New Star Soccer is a football game with a difference. Matches are played-out with dazzling speed. Key team highlights outline main incidents within each game. But when your player is on the ball, the next move is yours. Do you choose a simple pass to a team mate? A lofted ball to a player further ahead? If you can see the goal, maybe an audacious long-range shot is an option?
The choice is yours – simply select the angle and pace, then tap the moving ball – your skill and intuition will determine the outcome.
Off the pitch, the action continues, as you choose to develop your player as you wish. Negotiating the demands of the boss, team and fans – not to mention a girlfriend, if you desire – is complicated enough. An in-depth skill-tree allows you to improve your stats in a range of disciplines from free kicks to pace, whilst splashing money on gadgets, cars and property will affect overall morale.
Improve your free kick skills and you’ll become the team’s chief dead ball specialist. Improve your pace and it will make defensive interceptions slightly easier. But watch out for your energy levels – if you’re running out of puff ahead of the big game, you’ll be left on the bench or dropped entirely.
The original release boasts an iTunes and Google Play average score of 4.5/5, with users almost universally praising its career mode. “Easily the best game I’ve played on iPhone. Not put it down in three days,” reads one iTunes review. “I simply cannot believe how good this game is. Worth the two quid ten times over. Like the best bits of the classic Spectrum game Footballer of the year made better for the modern age. First class,” writes a reviewer on Google Play.
The new version of New Star Soccer is available to download for free from iTunes (with a 69p in-app purchase to unlock the career mode) or £2.00 from Google Play. The complete game is available to play online at Kongregate.