Superstar Ice Hockey
Copyright/Publisher: DesignStar Consultants/SportTime/Mindscape, Production,
Design & Graphics By:
Ed Ringler, Programming By: Daniel Lucas (Game Play) &
Simon Ffinch (Stats & Menus),
Programming Support By: Mike Ferrando & E.Ringler,
Music By: John Fitzpatrick,
Design Support By: Mike Ferrando,
Release Year: 1987, Genre: Ice Hockey, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
The speed and uniqueness of ice hockey make it a difficult sport to simulate, but disk-only
Superstar is a fine effort.
At first sight it doesn't look impressive with its small, blocky players and dull rink.
It plays okay though, with you controlling a single skater all the time.
team-mates are pretty intelligent, passing the puck around smoothly. The ability to hack
and check opponents adds interest - though you can end up in the sin bin!
Where this sim really scores is the managerial aspect. As in the real sport, there's a
lot of substitutions to make, offensive/defensive tactics and player recruitment/trading.
A realistic league with play-offs provides a good long-term challenge.