Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: New Star Soccer is our Game App of the Year

The simple, addictive and tongue-in-cheek simulation of a professional footballer's on- and off-pitch life finishes top of the league table
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 New Star Soccer

2013 has been a fantastic year for mobile gaming, with everything from sweet-squashing action to creepy adventuring invading our phone screens and keeping us occupied during the morning commute.

But after much brain-racking, it's an updated game about the ups and downs of life of a football star that has grabbed our top prize... 

Winner: New Star Soccer 1.5 (Android, iOS) Free

New Star Soccer 1.5

A refreshing spin on the footy game, New Star Soccer puts you at the centre of the game, combining off-pitch role-playing sections with on-pitch action. The latest update introduces headers and also increases the difficulty level with more dogged defenders who close you down while you take aim. Your skills also diminish over time - so you won't be scoring 50 goals a season when you're 50 years old.

Download for Android or iOS

Runner-up: Badland (BlackBerry, iOS) From S$4.98

We'll admit it: the visual and sonic design has as much to do with Badland's appeal as its gameplay. Stripped back to the basics, what you have is a side-scrolling dodge 'em game but it's so beautifully realised that it doesn't need to be anything more than that. Coming soon to Android.

View at the App Store or view at BlackBerry AppWorld

Runner-up: Ridiculous Fishing (iOS) £1.99

Ridiculous Fishing

Tilt-controlled games fell out of fashion a few years ago, but the super-sharp styling of Ridiculous Fishing has brought it to the attention of the masses. Drop a line, reel it up and then shotgun the gills out of your catch to earn cash for the tackle shop.

View at the App Store