We take a look at Android's football RPG, Soccer Superstars 2012. Should you download it? Find out in our review.
Published on Jul 20, 2012
Soccer Superstars 2012 brings together both management and the act of playing football in a free-to-play game supported by in-app purchases.
Miraculously, it manages to be reasonably fair with what it asks for money for, and is in fact playable in the most part entirely free – with some time restrictions for recharging cash and matchplaying abilities.
It involves putting together a team, buying new players, training them up, dealing with stadium and staff management and playing matches themselves – or simulating them.
It’s all explained through what can be described as broken English, but it’s easy to get a hold of and somewhat captivating when it gets a hold on you.
But the biggest problem Soccer Superstars has is that it’s ridiculously easy to score, even as you progress to take on tougher opponents. It falls into one of two categories.
You either get just inside the area and give the briefest tap-off shoot (it goes in 95 per cent of the time), or if that doesn’t work you run around the far side of the penalty area which draws out the goalkeeper and allows you to shoot on an open net (works 100 per cent of the time).
Now this doesn’t adversely affect the rest of the game – it’s well balanced with its rewards and what is available to the player considering it’s free-to-play.
You may end up just simulating games rather than trouncing your opponent. Which is telling, really.
But the fact of the matter is, the central challenge is reliant on how well you do in the league and cup. When you’re winning matches easily, with scores of 16-1 not unreasonable, there’s something wrong. No challenge isn’t fun. Winning all the time with consummate ease isn’t fun.
It’s a big problem, but it doesn’t entirely destroy the experience. As long as you don’t mind push notifications pestering you to play the game ‘ASAP’, there’s a fair bit of fun to be had with Soccer Superstars 2012.
It packs a lot in – team management, club and staff upgrades and, of course, the on-pitch action – and, bar some flaky translation, it’s well presented. So yes, the actual playing football part isn’t great, but it’s still an attractive proposition for those with an interest in the sport.
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6.5 / 10
Could have been excellent, but it’s too unbalanced to be anything more than a pleasant distraction.