Version Reviewed: 1.04
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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More like a kind of physics puzzle game than a regular soccer title, Score! Hero feels a little unfair at times with more than a dose of randomness thrown in. Odds are though, you’ll still be giving it a shot every now and then as it’s quite fun.
You’re controlling the career of an up and coming soccer play. There are some light management style options with you able to customize your player before choosing teams to play for. Then you get thrown into the action.
Each level is a scenario usually involving you scoring a winning goal or trying to claw things back to a draw. You do this through setting up the goal over a number of moves by drawing a line between each player. How the line is drawn can affect a lot, such as the trajectory of the shot but also whether you’re chipping it into the air or gently nudging it.
Early levels usually just require you to perform a couple of moves before kicking the ball at the goal, but the difficulty soon ramps up. You’ll find yourself having to curve balls around the opposition, as well as trying to score from awkward angles. You have a certain amount of control in where you flick the ball, but if you mess up just one step, you have to go right back to the beginning of the level or use an item of premium currency to get another go.
This means that Score! Hero soon ends up quite fiendishly tricky and feeling much more randomly decided than most sports game. It’s still fun, but sometimes the infuriation levels will grow too much and you’ll start feeling like the game is out for your money rather than your satisfaction. Much like the rest of the series, it does a sound job of making soccer seem a little different from normal but Score! Hero’s heavy focus on in-app purchases is going to grate.