Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #1108
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  SuperStar Soccer    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Sport   Football (Soccer)

Rating: 8.26 (60 votes)

SuperStar Soccer box cover

SuperStar Soccer screenshot
One of the most innovative and well-rounded soccer games ever, SuperStar Soccer was designed by wunderkind designer Ed Ringler whose SuperStar Ice Hockey won critical acclaim that was unfortunately not translated into big sales. And so it is with this solid game that strikes a great balance between exciting arcade action on the pitch and square coaching / strategic options.

Although the gameplay of SuperStar Soccer emphasizes joystick dexterity, there are many bits of realism that add tremendous depth and longevity. For example, putting an older player in the game too early may tire him out for the late game when you really need his expertise, and choosing the COVER defensive strategy will make all your teammates play tight man-to-man coverage. And when it gets right down to pitch action, SuperStar Soccer has it in spades: it deserves to go down in history as the first soccer game ever to implement bicycle kicks and headers in fluid, convincing motion that isn't impossible to execute. Besides these impressive moves, the game allows a surprising range of moves with intuitive joystick controls: you can do a quick shot, speed up to catch the ball (if your power rating is above zero), and leap as a goalie to make a save. One very innovative feature is the indicator bar that shows which side of the goal your shot will travel – a very nice feature that hasn't been seen since. Playing rough may also earn you a penalty, and your player is susceptible to injury if he bumps into an opponent too many times.

With the ability to recruit and trade players, as well as training your team, the only thing SuperStar Soccer doesn't include is actual team names. But don't let that discourage you – the game packs more than enough features and fun to occupy soccer fans with the fictional SporTime league for hours on end. A stellar achievement, especially considering its age. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Ed Ringler
Developer: SporTime
Publisher: Mindscape
Year: 1988
Software Copyright: Mindscape
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: Sensible World of Soccer, Street Sports: Soccer, SuperStar Ice Hockey

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.