Mar 17, 2015
Ice Hockey is a really under represented genre on Android. While there are penalty shootouts, management sims and even flight simulators, plain hockey is hard to come by. Finally, Ice Hockey 3D comes along to scratch that goal scoring itch.
The funniest part of Ice Hockey 3D is the team names. With bizarre parodies of real teams like the Flamingos and my favorite the Violent Bears this is difficulty not an officially licensed game!
Once youâ€™re on the ice, Ice Hockey 3D is a very traditional hockey games. Rather than silly penalty shootouts or the like Ice Hockey 3d is simply a full game of hockey, as you skate around the rink trying to score a goal. This isnâ€™t that well executed however. The controls feel rather loose and it can be difficult skating accurately to clean up loose pucks or aim a shot. The virtual stick doesnâ€™t feel precise enough and the lack of physical buttons seems to affect this sport more than most.
The AI is really poor, particularly for teammates. They routinely skate right past loose pucks, make no real attempt at defence and never seem to check opponents. Speaking of checking, the check button doesnâ€™t seem to work at all. Brushing up against opponents and mashing the check button doesnâ€™t seem to do anything. The only real way to take the puck from the opposition is to intercept a pass or steal it.
The player control switch is also annoying. It often switches you to a player who is useless for the current situation or not the one closest to the puck. This is very frustrating and since the teammate AI is so useless it makes defence way harder than it would otherwise be.
As well as normal Hockey, Ice Hockey 3D features Air Hockey. This is a very basic take on the classic game, but it works well and the AI is quite smart compared to the main game. It can be played by two players as well.
The game is festooned with F2P elements. Coins that are earned by winning games an logging in on consecutive days can be spent on boosting player stats, it is unclear whenever boosting stats only affects players that the player controls or their whole team but these stats boosts really make a big difference., It is very tough to score goals without boosting your shooting skill and speed is vital to attacking effectively. A large amount of currency is handed out when the player first loads the game but this is quickly spent and winning games to earn more is quite difficult. This F2P isnâ€™t very satisfying and makes it unclear is player skill or simply unbalanced stats come into play more.
Ice Hockey 3D is a somewhat decent, but flawed take on Ice Hockey. Still there arenâ€™t many pure hockey games on Android, so if you can live with useless teammates it could be worth â€œcheckingâ€ out.