Kopanito All-Stars Soccer Review

A REVIEW BY WARWICK JANETZKI

What is Kopanito All-Stars Soccer?

Kopanito All-Stars Soccer is a fast-paced action soccer game that has been in development by Merixgame since September 2015. Throughout this development timeline they have continued to make regular updates to the game. They have also, at all times, communicated openly and quickly with their fans.

In fact, because of their consistent development and their great communication with their community it wouldn’t be out of place to consider them an Early Access role model. I honestly believe that indie developers would do well to look at the way in which they have gone through the early access pipeline.

The developers have openly claimed to have been inspired by some of the greatest soccer games in gaming history. These include Kick Off, Sensible Soccer and Nintendo World Cup. These games provided gamers around the world thousands of hours of entertainment. I believe that Kopanito fits that niche rather nicely.

Kopanito All-Stars Soccer

Kopanito All-Stars Soccer is doing well in Early Access

Easy to Learn but Depth for Strategy

The gameplay has been designed so that it is easy for gamers to jump into and play immediately. However, it is frenetic and challenging enough that it is a beast to master. There have been numerous times throughout the time that I have cursed at missed opportunities and even more when I’ve learned a new tactic or strategy that was previously unknown to me.

This is perhaps the biggest surprise to me. The game appears to be very simple. Players don’t need to worry about the general rules of soccer. There are no offside calls, fouls, etc. Yet the depth of the game to include strategy is deeper than it first appears to be.

Tournaments

There are 16 different tournaments to play in. Some of them need to be unlocked by winning certain tournaments in various game modes. A nice feature of tournaments is that each game of the tournament can be played with up to five players and it isn’t dependent upon the number of players you began the tournament with. Therefore, if you have friends or family members come to your house and you’d like them to join you they can easily do so.

There is also an option for players to create their own tournament.

Teams

There are a whopping 114 teams within the game. These represent countries from around the world.

I do have two minor sticking points with these teams. Firstly, I don’t believe that players have unique modifiers or attributes. If they are there then they are not necessarily clear. Each team plays the same as any other. While this ensures a level playing field with games determined purely by skill it doesn’t provide any point of difference on any of the teams. You’re not going to pick a South American team (e.g. Brazil) and expect to be able to play with more floor and pizazz.

Secondly, do not expect to be able to play as your favourite countries right away. The majority of the major countries are locked. They unlock when you complete a set task. For example, to unlock my native Australia I need to win the Oceania Cup on professional difficulty. To unlock England, you need to win the World League on Professional difficulty. This is intended to be motivating but when every team seemingly plays the same as any other the primary motivation may not be as high as anticipated.

Super-moves

A significant part of the game’s enjoyment comes in the is the ‘super-moves’ feature. There are a number of super-moves. You gain one super-move for filling up the super bar. To fill up the super bar players have to do successful things in the field of play (e.g. a successful tackle, pass, score, etc.). These Super-moves can often prove to be match winners on both ends of the field.

I was playing a tournament game as Tonga against New Zealand and was 2-1 up late in the game. I unlocked a super-move which turned out to be a wind move. New Zealand had the ball late in the game and my last defender had unsuccessfully slide tackled the Kiwi striker. I quickly used my super-move just as he was about to slot the game-tying goal. The ball proceeded to be blown back out of the penalty area. New Zealand pounced on the ball and passed it back to the striker who again was met with the wind. My super-move saved the game for me.

Conversely, in the final against Australia I was tied late in the game when I unleashed my power shot super-move. The keeper deflected it but it dazed him which opened up the goal completely for my rebounding striker who slotted in the game winner.

Is it Steamified?

My word is this game Steamified. There are over 200 achievements. They unlock frequently enough that you’ll want to continue playing more and more. Yet there are enough achievements that are a challenge to unlock that perfect game does not feel cheap. It will take even the most skilled players many hours of play before they unlock every achievement.

The game also has a set of six trading cards. The developers are working on implementing Steam Workshop features into the game. Players can already create stadiums, balls and teams for modding. This should prove

Verdict

If you’re looking for a casual soccer experience that provides entertainment and challenge, then look no further than Kopanito All-Star Soccer. It’s as enjoyable as any casual soccer game has been in years.

A REVIEW BY ISKIBIRIBIRI

If you don’t want to worry about team formation, tatics and you want to play quick and short soccer games, this game was made for you.

Kopanito is a soccer game on Early Access that already has a lot of content:

  • 16 tournaments and cups to play, but you can also create your own tournament.
  • 100+ teams from all over the world.
  • 4 AI difficulty levels
  • Super-moves
  • Achievements
  • Leaderboards
  • Controller support

It’s an extremely simple soccer game. You pick your team (5 players + 1 goal keeper) and you can play a friendly match or try to win a tournament or cup.
There are no fouls, no referees, no team formation, no tatics, no stamina.
The game has a smooth gameplay, you can tackle as much as you want, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to easily steal the ball.
When you press and hold the kick button the game slows down and you can change the ball direction, making the goal keeper’s life difficult.
The super-moves are a nice addition to the game: you can freeze your opponent, you can use a magnet to pull the ball, you can teleport to another region of the field, you can perform a super shot or use a windmaker to blow the ball away from your goal.
You can play locally with your friends: up to 5 local players, using gamepads and a keyboard.
In the beginning you can play just one tournament. You need to win it on the Beginner level to unlock another tournament and so on.
Even though the game has 100+ teams you can pick just a few in the beginning and you need to unlock the other teams.

Kopanito All-Stars Soccer

Cartoony graphics and simple gameplay

Pros:

  • Cartoony and cute graphics.
  • Simple gameplay.
  • Nice tutorial.
  • Achievements.
  • Short games.
  • Fast pace.
  • You can generate GIF from your goals.

Cons:

  • The team supporters are too quiet.
  • The AI difficult needs balancing. From the Beginner to the Amateur level it gets way too difficult.
  • The devs are already working on it.
  • The ball rebounds needs improvement. It’s hard control your player.
  • Lack of multiplayer online, but the devs are already working on it.

Good

  • Easy controls, simple gameplay
  • Fast, short games
  • Cute cartoony graphics

Bad

  • AI balance off-kilter
  • Poor multiplayer
8.4

Great

Warwick Janetzki - 7.8
Iskibiribiri - 9
Warwick is a graduate of Curtin University. He is one of three people in the world (that we know of) to hold degrees in professional writing, marketing and Internet Communications. He is a passionate sports and gaming fan dedicated to cheering on his beloved teams (Carlton in the AFL, the Blazers, Patriots and Angels in American sports and Man City in the EPL), gamer and dog lover. His favorite genres are adventure, RPG and card games.