Soccer is a sport that is in constant motion, and there are a lot of iOS soccer games that try to depict the 11 on 11 action on the entire field. Score Hero is a new iOS soccer game that focuses on the strategy of soccer by focusing the action on the ball. Rather than using virtual joysticks and buttons to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball, Score! Hero is all about contemplative touch controls. Score Hero download turns soccer into a puzzle game, so that the action freezes at key moments, and then you draw paths to direct the ball.
There will always be room for soccer simulation games, but that doesn’t mean a new puzzle twist isn’t an interesting new option. Score! Hero provides a whole new way to play soccer that requires you to think about the position of other players, the trajectory of the ball, and the progression towards the goal. There are over 200 levels included with each one offering specific scenarios, rather than complete matches. For instance, you can be thrown into a two goal deficit, and your team has a corner kick. Your goal in this scenario is to draw a path to one of your players, and then the animation will ensue until that player has the ball, and then you draw a path for the ball to avoid the keeper and hit the back of the net.
Score Hero requires more thought than quick action, so you will want to take into account each factor of every shot. Players only have a certain cone of vision, and you need to recognize the flow of the other players to try to put a ball into proper position. The most important thing is that you’re not swiping to kick, and instead want to draw the path right to where you want the ball to go, kind of like Flight Control. The path drawing lets you lead your players, as well as bend your kicks, so that you can get a feel for the strategy of soccer. There’s a great 3D graphics engine to depict the soccer action, and it’s especially great to see successful shots with included replays. The game is free to play with a heart meter that depletes with every mistake, and Hero Bux in-app currency that you can use to rewind a given level right before a mistake. You can burn through bucks and energy quickly, and it can be frustrating to not be able to play more without spending on consumable currency.
Score! Hero (Free, Universal) is an all new way to play soccer that kicks the strategy elements of the sport into high gear making it well worth picking up.