No game would be fun if it were that simple, of course. The line-drawing mechanics are ostensibly simple, but there's a fair degree of skill involved, with little room for poetic licence. Over-hit or misdirect a pass slightly and the defenders will pick it off with ease, with the goalkeeper comfortably saving anything other than the actual goal scored.
A slight degree of latitude informs the game's three-star rating system, with only a perfect recreation of the goal rewarded with all three stars. It's a great system to encourage replay, but it's let down slightly by a lack of feedback.
If you're unsure how to score the goal, you can refer to a mini-map with lines delineating the exact passes and the shot, but it lacks sufficient accuracy, leading to occasional frustrations where the goalkeeper tips away a seemingly perfect shot.
Luckily, such frustrations are rare, and with 240 goals in total – 60 in each decade – you can always skip a few and return to them later. And even when you are stuck on a particularly challenging goal, decent graphics, a surprisingly varied amount of crowd reactions and brief snippets of commentary from Gary Bloom easily hold your interest.
Such a simple mechanic, it's surprising no one's thought of marrying line-drawing and football before. It may not be a full blown sim like Fifa or Pro Evo, but for 69p, it's an intoxicating, highly addictive challenge for nostalgic footie fans. ®
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Score! Classic Goals
It's good, but ...
... it's no New Star Soccer. If you're calling Score! the best football game on iOS, I can only presume you've not played NSS.
Re: It's good, but ...
I clicked the comments button to post exactly the same thing!
New Star Soccer in career mode is like digital crack. It's just fantastic. Best 69p I've ever spent. (And that includes the ton of use I still get out of Words with Friends)
"Doodle Soccer" for iOS also uses line-drawing. (worth a look if you remember the old 8-bit footy games).
Not bad, But
if this appeared on Android it would only work on 50% of handset 50% of the time.