About The Strategy Game

quickguide

Welcome to The Strategy Game website.  This website showcases the first demo version of The Strategy Game, a game of skill for one or two players.  This demo game is on the theme of football (soccer) and is called  ‘Goalscorer’ .

IMPORTANT – You need Adobe Flash installed on your computer to play this game and to see game tutorials.

If you simply want to learn how to play the game just read the following text shown in bold.  The remaining content on the website is further information about the game and its development.

Get playing straight away by clicking on the image to the right to open a new browser tab to play the game so you can refer to the following Quick Rules as you play:

  • In the demo game you play with the white counters and you have the first turn. Computer plays with black.
  • You need to score more goals than your computer opponent to win by capturing (landing on) its counters. Only counters showing football shirts (first teamers) can capture an opponent’s counters.
  • Your turn consists of 2 moves, a youth player move and a first teamer move. The squares you can move to are shown in red in this demo game. Just click on the counter you want to move then click on the square you want to move it to.
  • Build a stronger team by getting your non-first teamer counters (youth players) to the last line of squares (opponent’s goal line) on the opposite side of the board (pitch) to become first teamers.
  • A youth player’s first move as a first teamer (called its first team debut move) can have serious consequences for your opponent and its move depends on its number. You can bring on your substitute instead if it has a better first team debut move.
  • Get your Star Player to your opponent’s goal line or capture you opponent’s Star Player and you score 2 goals and the game ends. The Star Player is the only counter on your team without a number.
  • You take a risk when capturing your opponent’s youth counters as you can’t see their identities and their starting positions change in every game, but the same is true for your opponent. You could score a goal, or two goals if you capture your opponent’s Star Player. The counter you capture could also result in an Offside (not good) or Penalty (even worse). Play the demo game and see what happens.

Read the Game Guide or Game Rules if you want to know more. After you’ve played the game please complete the player survey and tell us what you think.

Talking Point – Esports, loot boxes and The Strategy Game

Talking Point – Esports, loot boxes and The Strategy Game

If the Chess Channel on Twitch has well-over half a million followers it shows that games that could be viewed as having less appeal than games that simulate football or motor racing for example have a place within the Esports arena.

The appeal of Goalscorer or other versions of The Strategy Game to Esports players and viewers could also be increased beyond its standard gameplay attributes in a number of other ways.

One way would be to work with specific brands which have different characters that can be used in different premium versions of the game, but only successful players could unlock the top characters to use in that premium version.

The Star Player counter could also have ‘loot box like functionality’ in theory but in practice this wouldn’t be suitable for games played by children.  The games industry knows that it’s only a matter of time before loot boxes are recognised as gambling even in jurisdictions where they aren’t banned or recognised as gambling now.  Rewarding the performance of the game player in premium versions of The Strategy Game to unlock special game counter characters doesn’t have to be tied to ‘loot-box like functionality’ and the innovative games publisher/investor will know this.

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