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Jumpers for Goalposts 4

Jumpers for Goalposts 4 game

The four titles in the free kick series of Jumpers for Goalposts are an indicator of the popularity and longevity of these addictive football career games, as are the two follow-ups that are already in production. Jumpers for Goalposts 4 is the latest in this series of games that allows you control of a young man’s football career, following him from the level of amateur all the way through to seasoned veteran of the sport by putting him through skills training, getting him signed by a club, and balancing aspects of his career such as his wages, his popularity/reputation, and his social life.

Buying houses and cars allows you to attract the attention of the media and also the girls, and training hard allows you to negotiate your contract and find new clubs that pay better wages. All of this is in view to simply becoming the best footballer you can possibly be, and also the richest.

The gameplay of Jumpers for Goalposts 4 is split between managing different aspects of your career on the central menu, reading the commentary of matches and watching the relevant stats flickering on the screen, and finally the short bursts of time you get to spend on the pitch performing a variety of skills when an opportunity for a goal arises.

In order to be offered a contract with a club, you must first practise the 8 skills that are required for the game which leads to interest from some low-league clubs. The better your performance in the initial skills challenges, the more lucrative a contract you will be offered. After being signed, it is simply a case of training regularly and working on balancing this with your personal life. Shopping for houses, cars, and other material items makes you more appealing to girls, as does socialising on the town or in clubs. Don’t get too carried away, however, since you must also train hard and perform well in matches to keep your manager happy.

The short flashes of glory you get to enjoy on the pitch during matches are comprised of any one of the eight available skills at a time. In all, goal scoring opportunities come in the form of volleys, headers, overhead kicks, simple passing, penalties, snap-shots, free kicks, and turn-and-shoot. Each of the skills are controlled with the mouse, with passes and penalties using a fluctuating indicator that you must stop in the desired position to perform the manoeuvres.

The shooting/moving mechanism isn’t particularly well refined or as original as that of New Star Soccer, but they have improved since the original game, as has the graphics and general design of the game. Hiring an agent is now more central to the gameplay than ever, with better agents costing more money since they are able to negotiate better deals and improve your reputation substantially.

Jumpers for Goalposts 4 is a noticeably inventive and substantially enjoyable football title that gives you a window on the entire process of cultivating and nurturing a career from its humble origins to the heights of wealth and football notoriety. It’s all about balancing your resources and your training with your personal life, a task which becomes more addictive the more you play the game, making this the best title of the series so far and a formidable contender in the pool of online football games.  We can only hope the 90's throw back version - Jumpers for Goalposts 5 follows in the footsteps of the fourth football star game.

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