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Soccer Superstars: A Great Soccer Experience on Android

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Featuring retro graphics and music reminiscent of Nintendo's 8-bit NES, Soccer Superstars is a charming soccer game with RPG elements. Made by Gamevil, a Japanese company, it even offers English translations that often seem slightly off without ever rendering the intended meaning incomprehensible.

The game features several different gameplay modes, ranging from cultivating the talents of an individual player to being the manager of a team to picking a team and taking it onto the pitch.

The controls are easy to master, and a quick tutorial guides you through the basics of how to play. As a result, you get started right away, rather than struggling with a more complicated control scheme. And even though the controls are straightforward, a lot of strategy is involved in gauging when to pass, when to shoot, and so on. Since the game retains the rules of soccer, fouls and penalties apply. Luckily, the help section of the game does a good job of explaining these points to novice players.

Avid fans will probably most enjoy playing the manager mode. Here you have various options for tweaking and improving your team's statistics as you play through various tournaments and international friendly matches, trade players, and make various other changes. Though the formations you can create for your team are somewhat limited, you at least get to decide whether to play attacking, defensive, or balanced play--and combining these two features creates a wider array of strategic possibilities.

Soccer Superstars strikes the right balance between appealing to diehard fans of the sport and attracting more-casual gamers. It's easy to recommend this game to anyone interested in playing a soccer video game.

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Soccer Superstars™

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