A swipe and shoot style of game, this fun and engaging ice hockey app is great for anyone who has played Soccer Stars before and wondered how the gameplay might transfer to a different sport. Well, now we know because Hockey Stars offers players just as much fast moving action but this time you must control a puck, rather than a ball. Viewed overhead, the game works with players sliding their 'men' toward the puck and pushing it towards their opponents goal.
In-depth hockey action
Where it differs from Soccer Stars is that close 'men' are able to be controlled to a very fine degree, meaning that it allows for some great skill to be utilized. Each game is played by two players who take turns to control their chosen 'man' but speed of thought is of the essence because only a few seconds are allowed for you to line up each strike of the puck to leave you in the best attacking position. Hockey Stars allows players to enjoy challenging others to games wherever they happen to be. Although only two players take part in any particular contest there are many people to set yourself against, thanks to the multi-player community that already enjoys this type of game. It is possible to register as user and build up win and loss statistics, or simply have fun playing as a guest in a series of friendlies. Players are able to select from a huge number of teams in order to maximize their particular skills. Clubs and international sides can be chosen, each with individual attributes which are laid out clearly, such as power, aim and the amount of extra time that is made available to take a turn.
Graphics and game play
With a bird's eye view, the five players in each team look more like counters than real hockey players, but this lack of realism does not really detract from the game since its playability is what it is all about. The playing area takes up most of the screen with a section above it reserved for timers and scores. Thanks to the rounded edges of the in-play area, the puck often rebounds into the central playing space, meaning you don't get bogged down in corners trying to work it free towards the goal. Furthermore, the way the puck and the 'men' in each time slide across the surface means that it really does feel as though you are playing on ice. Be careful not to strike to hard or you will send the puck running right back to your own goal and get your players out of position.
Hockey Stars in summary
This game is great for people who want a game that is easy to pick up game but which allows them to develop skills and to set them against other players in a real time environment. The control of each player takes a few turns to get a hang of, but there is a tutorial to help beginners. Whether it is tournaments or one on one action you are looking for, this great game is available to download to your phone or tablet now.