We’ve released a new Sports Heads game. Only: it’s not a Sports Heads game like you know it, it’s a card game.
Now I know we’re not known for these, but stick with it as it’s a game invented from scratch in Mousebreaker HQ, and we’ve all got quietly addicted to it over its development process. This is one we’ve continued to play long after the last bugs have been ironed out (touch wood).
We’ve been drawing Sports Heads for years, and realised we had over 100 footballers now, so decided to reuse them in a card game. The development process was quite fun: before even contacting a developer, we drafted out some rules and played it in the office. With real cards. Well, I say real cards: it was a spreadsheet with all the names of players on and a bunch of ratings.
So we played a hand, modfiying the rules as we went along, and eventually landed on the game you can play today, in all its fully drawn up glory. I hope you all give it a chance: I can’t say I’d call myself a card game fan, but I really like this a lot, and there’s loads of potential for more with this if you do.
Play the tutorial first. It may seem complex when you set out, but there’s not that much to it, although there is plenty of strategic thinking to win consistently.
As I invented this game and have been testing it for a long time, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way which might help you if you’re struggling to win:
- If you have to discard a card (in a hand you can’t win) go for the lowest value card, but also the one with the least fellow countrymen in play. Because even a weak Spanish/English/Italian card can be used to win a great one when doubled up with another.
- Lure out the opposition’s best cards by playing a weak card if you have another of the same nationality in your hand. E.g: You play a 72 rated English card, he plays 92 rated Portuguese card, you play your other 75 rated English card and take all 3.
- Look at the number on the bottom of the cards, which tells you how many of that nationality are in the deck, and how they rank within the list (e.g: 15/15 means there are 15 of that nationality in total, and this player is the best of them). This can help you judge the odds of your opponent being able to push you to penalties, or double down on their card.
- Keep an eye on the timer in the top right hand corner of the screen and make sure you play your best cards before 90 minutes. If the clock ends and the players are still in your hand, they’re lost.