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For all of you who ask to make give a list of the best hockey sim on mobile, here the one I’ve found.
Last post I’ve said I’m going to make a review of hockey sim (like Powerplay manager) on mobile. Now that I’ve quit Powerplay manage I need my hockey sim fix so I’ve downloaded a bunch of games and tried them out.

CBS Franchise Hockey 2018

Like other hockey sim on this list, this game rely on card to acquire players. However, the game is pretty generous compare to the other has it gives you two of the best player of your favorite team from the start.
If you chose the Habs you get Price and Weber, for the penguins it’s Crosby and Malkin and so on. The game has nice management feature, you can train your player and buy them equipment. There are lot of game to play, from doing a season, exhibition game, pro game and even event for legends players.
There’s a season mode to, but it’s only a few games (21) and the playoff are one game deathmatch. It’s actually my favorite on the list, I’ve played a good half hour before I’ve use all my free games. The multiplayer is limited, you play against other team, but there’s no interaction with them.

Note: This game is my favorite from this list and I play everyday since I’ve installed it.

Pros:

NHL players
Cards to get players
Play against old nhl team
You can train your players
You can give equipment
Chose your team color and logo
Season (even if it’s not a real season)

Cons:

NHL team city only not the team with logo and name
UI can be a bit confusing
We don’t see the game in the simulation
Login with facebook
Season not like NHL

Big Win Hockey

I’ve already written about that game in a previous post, here the highlight and pros and cons of the game.

BIG WIN Hockey is hockey simulation where you get player by drafting them from a deck of card which might include power up (skill boost) and “Big impact card” (in game power up). You can get NHL player buy buying special pack.

Note that this one is filled with ads and you get match up against team twice your rating from the start. I’ve played a bit in the past, but drop because of the ads and the grinding required if you don’t want to pay.

Pros:

Use cards to get players
Can use cards for power up
Nice simulation animation
NHL player available

Cons:

In-app purchase heavy
You get yourself crush at the beginning
Ads to get buck or coins
No tactical play
No season

NHL SuperCard 2K18

Another card base game like big win hockey, but better. You get NHL players from the get go and since they have some budget they included the real player on the card.

Enjoyable game, you can get a decent team quickly if you play regularly. Some event can be hard though like Road2theCup, you need legendary player on almost all the line if you want to have a shot in the final. Its seem it’s the only game with the NHL teams name and logo in it.

Pros:

NHL player available (bonus: real player with real team logo on the card)
Card to get player (bonus: you get NHL player right at the start)
Nice simulation animation
Mode season

Cons:

In-app purchase heavy
You get crush at the beginning
Need to watch ads to get coins
No tactical play
The season is not like NHL

Dynasty Hockey

This is originally a facebook game (has dsiplayed in the video), so it forces you to log with fb. It also lacks feature compare to the facebook game.
Easy to play & not overly complex, but enough going on to keep it lights and interesting.
And players and coaches from different eras that can be mixed and matched to build your team.
A bit more information about how things work or a tutorial would be helpful.
Any simulation hockey fanatic will enjoy this game.

Note: It seem that game haven’t had a update since 2015. (Proof! https://sensortower.com/android/us/fantasy-moguls-inc/app/dynasty-hockey/com.atomic.android.sim/overview)

Pros:

Draft
Legend player
Free agent
Coach
Training

Cons:

Login with fb
UI confusing
In app purchase
Less feature than the FB game
Seem that the dev stop updating the game.
No Season like NHL
No NHL team (team cities are there though)

World Hockey Manager

This is a new game from 2017 and it’s a FB game has well, but I haven’t had the time to try it on Facebook so I’m not sure if it’s the same.
You can play challenge to get coin and make your team move up a league.
You start in the qualification league where there no season, you can move up in league to be able to do an actual season. Note that I’m still stuck in the qualification league, I’ll give an update if I go out of it.

With training, upgrading your facility, this game has a lot of the feature of a solid hockey manager like Powerplay manager.
However, most feature are not as deep has powerplay manager and its seem that you can get stuck pretty quickly.
Challenge seem to cost more in coin than winning them, player signing is extremely expensive for anyone rated 70 and up, later Arena upgrades literally take weeks to level.

Pros:

Arena management,
cards for power up and restore moral/energy,
Tactic,
Prospect management and training.
Chose your team color and logo
New game seem actively maintained

Cons:

Cannot skip simulation,
In-app purchase,
Not sure how the season work,
You get yourself crush at the beginning,
No NHL teams or players
Not much to do if you don’t use your card to restore endurance and moral of your team

Hockey General Manager

This one has a pretty cheap feel to it UI wise, but don’t shy away because it can be an interesting game. Its have all the elements of a NHL simulation game with a salary cap, trades, a draft and free agent sign-in. And not in a gimmicky way like Dynasty hockey, the real NHL way, like there’s trade deadline, a draft after the post-season, a free agent sign-in after the draft.
However, there’s no NHL teams or players, no game display when you run the game simulation, no multiplayer, you only play vs a AI. The free version is super limited, you can only pick one team (like its really matter since there no team from the NHL) and you can only play one season.

Pros:

Only one in-app purchase, it’s to buy the whole game.
League & team management similar to the NHL
Only game in the list with trade
Salary Cap, draft and free agent like the NHL
Quick to play a season and the season have the NHL structure

Cons:

Not the nhl team or player
Free version very limited (one team, one season)
No gameplay or display of the actual game
No multiplayer, only vs AI

Talk hockey

Blocky Hockey


Grab your puck and skate like mad in a fresh, fun hockey runner! The most fun you can have with a puck, combining realistic physics and humorous gameplay. Hit the ice and light the lamp with body checks and fighting. This is actually the description of the game on the play store. The game is actually fun, but scoring is actually really hard with you start having multiple defense and have a bad angle. A lot of content available via in-app purchase, skin and other stuff.

Ice Rage: Hockey

It’s a great one-on-one ice hockey game – you play the red team unless you play multi-player where you can get the blue team. You have a minute and 45 seconds to outscore the blues, by moving around with the virtual stick and shooting with the shot button.
Goalkeepers are AI controlled, so you just need to control your forward player on the ice.

I actually really like the multiplayer of that game, they pair you up against someone randomly, usually of your skill, and you bang it out like champs.

Hockey Physics

A hockey game with funny physic mechanic. However, they should add more gameplay option and the cpu is too predictable.
Graphic isn’t “forte” either, but it’s funny looking enough to give it a try.

Hockey Clicker

Ok where should I begin. Its look like a game that I could code myself and put it online. However, the game is not that bad, it’s rather simplistic yet oddly addictive.
You play with a third-person view and all you do is to shoot on a goal by tapping on the display. You can to upgrade your gear, your team, etc. You earn cash in training, and by playing matches, it’s also offers a multiplayer mode.
There are a lot of other game that worth probably more your time that this one, either from this list or our previous list.

 

Hockey Games

Ok, SEO wise this game has the dumbest name ever. If you search for hockey games all the other game from the previous list will show up before this one because they are more popular. It’s like naming my game Shoot and kill stuff, I bet call of duty will come up before even if the user search for shoot and kill stuff in the play store. Maybe it worked for them, but with a stupid name like that it’s off for a bad start.

The game is pretty simple, there’s a net and you play the player that shoots on it. Has you progress obstacles and player to block you are added.  I tried to find other review of that game, but since the name is so broad I could get anything to help you.

That all for today, I’ve removed a bunch of hockey sim game to make a post only on those, hopefully I won’t take another 2 months to write it.

I’ve wrote about it awhile ago but now I’ve found how use the counter against each Power plays / Penalty killing tactic, thanks to generous soul on the ppm forum.

First remember that you want to at least get a decent % for your team for each or it might not matter if your are using a counter (a 100% passive box vs a 0% shooting from point might will probably be ok anyway)

Has a quick remember here the description  of all tactic (description from the guide):

Shooting from the point: This power play variant has two players at the blue line and their task is to shoot often with the player in front of the net trying to deflect the shots or pounce on the rebounds.

Umbrella: This power play has only one player on the point who works as the quarterback for the power play. His task is to deal passes to the players at the boards who may then shoot or pass the puck.

Overload: The purpose of this power play is to focus the attention of penalty killers on one side. This opens up room for one player on the weak side who can shoot the puck after it is fed to him.

Diamond: When you play diamond on the penalty kill, your players form a diamond shape. One player guards the area in front of the net and one player is closer to the blue line.

Passive box: Passive box means that penalty killers are keeping relatively close to each other to guard the area in front of the net and in the slot. This gives more room to the power play along the boards.

Active box: This option means that your penalty killers quickly close down on the players with the puck who then have less time to set up a power play combination. The disadvantage is, that this can open up the slot for the opponent.

Power Play table :

Power play tactic Strong vs this PK tactic Weak vs this PK tactic
Shooting from the Point Passive Box Active Box
Overload Diamond Passive Box
Umbrella Active Box Diamond

 

Penalty kill table:

Penalty kill tactic Strong vs PP tactic Weak vs PP tactic
Passive Box Overload Shooting from the Point
Active Box Shooting from the Point Umbrella
Diamond Umbrella Overload

I’ve been playing Powerplay manager for a while now and wrote a bunch of article about it.

I’ve decided to write a post  to sum up all of them so you can access all the post in a more convenient way.

Original review

Beginner guide

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The beginner guide was a 4 part guide that focused on the more important part of the game when you start playing. Staff / Player and Arena are your bread and butter of ppm, player fill up the arena and bring cash, arena allow you to get more cash and the staff takes care of the arena and players.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

 

More Advance post

 

These are the most advances post I’ve wrote, they’re not actually super advance and I think are very important to understand how to win game and win even if you are against a better opponent.

Line composition

What is a balanced player in PPM

Friendly challenge

Tactic

 

Tactic seem to be the most misunderstood part of the game, I’ve did a 2 (3 coming soon) post talking about that particular page.

Part 1: Game importance, style of play and Powerplay/Penalty Killing tactics

Part 1.5: Powerplay/Penalty Killing tactics reloaded complete counter against each (Coming soon)

Part 2: Line & changing goalies.

 

Hope it helped and there so much more to the game.

If you have an idea or want to write a post about a particular topic about the game, leave me a comment below or drop a mail (jack@onlinesgamestips.com)

We talked a lot about friendly challenge without explaining why they are important.

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Here are  the main reason :

  1. A friendly game give you extra cash, you get half of the profit of the ticket and souvenir sale, so it you play on a good arena that have a lot of seat you can make a decent amount.
  2. Winning a friendly game increase (a bit) the general valuation of your team, which will increase the offer from your sponsor.
  3. Your players gain some chemistry and experience, it can be a good idea to have a different line-up for friendly game so you can send your younger player in friendly game and keep your main line intact for big game.

How it works ?

You can challenge up to 30 days or 120 days is you have a propack, once you find another owner that actually accept friendly game, try to keep their name somewhere to ask them again later.
It’s kind of hard to find decent team when you are not on a propack.
Propack however have an auto-find friendly game for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.

 

Remember that friendly challenge use less energy that normal and playoff game but they still use it (that another reason to have 2 line-up) You can read more about how intensity impact your energy in my other post about tactic.

Main line-up

Friendly line-up

Hope that covers everything you need to know about friendly game in ppm manager.
If you have any suggestion that you want me to cover or other game you want me to review leave a comment below or drop me a mail…

This is the part 2 of our previous Tactic post. You can check the previous post at this address : tactic part 1 and you can check out our article about line management.

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Rotate three lines

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The main advantage of rotating 3 line is it give more ice to your best player, however it will drain your player energy and they might not be fit enough for the playoff (particularly if you are playing with a very high game importance like we talked in the last post.

Ice time percentage by line

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You always wanted to manage your team like most NHL team, give your top player more ice time and use the other line to give them a break ? You can do that by setting the ice time per line in the tactic.

This option is really cool and it might reduce the need to rotate 3 lines, by simply giving the 4 lines a really low percentage.

Like I said many times be careful not to overuse your player, you want them to be able to stay up in the playoff too.

I can be a great way to balance out your team , like going 30/30/30/10 or 25% every where, then rotate 3 line if you are losing.

Changing the goalie

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If your goalie is having a bad game get him out of there and put the backup goalie. Since my goalie no1 is usually my best goalie and wait until there is a 3-5 goal difference to remove him.

Reduce to rotation of three lines

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You’re losing and you don’t like that, they drop the 4th line and put your best guy on the ice.

This option give a nice alternative instead of the rotate three line option, your top players won’t get too much fatigue when you are winning but they will take thing in hand and maybe make you win a couple of tight game that you might have lost if you stayed with 4 line.

React to the opponent’s withdrawal of the fourth line

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This is a counter to the rotate three line and reduce rotation of three line by the opponent. If he’s putting only is best player on ice you might has well give him a decent challenge by doing the same thing.

Pull the goalie

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If you’re trailing behind by a goal or two at the end of the game you can remove the goalie and put a extra forward to put pressure and try to score a goal. You have more chance of getting scored but you are losing anyway…

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pull the goalie because sometime he won’t help anyway

 

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Tactic is probably the most confusing thing in powerplay manager.

There so many things to set up that I need to split this in two  post to cover each section.

Today we focus on the 4 first point: Game importance / Style of play / Power plays / Penalty killing

Game importance

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The importance you give to each game will have a direct impact on the energy level of your player. If you play very high most of your game your player will lack the energy to perform during the playoff.

Here a table that shows how much you lose energy when playing a game:

Game Type Very low Low Normal High Very high
Friendly and tournament 0.02 0.05 0.1 0.2 0.3
Competitive games 0.1 0.25 0.5 1 1.5

This can change a lot depending on your situation, you have a team that have better average than most other team, might make sense to start at low or very low and adjust it mid season. You are one position of making the playoff, might be good to pump it up to high or very high to increase your chance of making the playoff. You against a team that you have ultimately no chance of winning, perhaps the best option is to drop everything to low to manage your player.

More info : http://www.succeed2k.com/ppm-hockey-articles/ppm-new-tactics-explained-dp1.html

Style of play

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Some tactic depends on your team but universally each tactic is strong against another tactic and weak against a different tactic. This rock paper scissor kind of setup is called  “Ring of Counter-Tactics” and here what it should look like: Normal > Defensive > Offensive > Forechecking > Counterattacks > Breaking up > Normal

So if we do a table we have (first column beat  X) :

Normal Defensive Offensive Forechecking Counter attacks Breaking up
Normal x
Defensive x
Offensive x
Forechecking x
Counter attacks x
Breaking up x

You can read more about it at : http://www.succeed2k.com/ppm-hockey-articles/tactics-countertactics.html

You can check the full analysis for this ring of tactic on this site.

Power plays / Penalty killing

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This one is tricky, because I’ve still not found what the ring of counter for that one and that even if you’re using the counter if your player never played with that type of power play or penalty kill they won’t necessarily do well vs a team who well trained with that tactic.

First you want to at least get the % of your team on that to 33% in each or 100 % in one.

Why would you like to have them up to the same value ? so you can them switching depending on what the opponent is playing.

Note the following table is incomplete it’s mostly come from some player told me and my personal experience (My team is 100% for Shooting from the Point & Active box)

Power Play table :

Power play tactic Strong vs this PK tactic Weak vs this PK tactic
Shooting from the Point Passive Box (?) Active Box
Overload ?? ??
Umbrella ?? ??

Penalty kill table:

Penalty kill tactic Strong vs PP tactic Weak vs PP tactic
Passive Box ?? ??
Active Box Shooting from the Point ??
Diamond ?? ??

I will fill the table when I got more info. Sorry about that. I’ll try to track when I score in PP and when I get scored in PK to see is there a correlation.

From what I read and from what other manager told me it a balanced player is a player that have stats balance between the primary stat and the secondary stats like 100/70/70 to 100/30/30 and 100/50/50 behind probably the proportion the give the best result. On top of that you want to have your technique at the same number that aggression is to reduce penalty and be sure to train them in shooting or else they will be efficient in the opponent zone but wont be able get a decent shot on the net.

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mortal kombat skill = very important

So a good player is a player that balance, with high attribute value (if you want them to help you right away), high quality of attribute and a high career longevity.

Having problem finding a coach ? You never get job applicant that want to be sporting director. you need a left handed defense man to play on your third line but the player from the sport academy keep giving you forward. Fear not, grab some money and you can try to recruit them on the market.

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Be careful when hiring from the market, experience manage will try to sell you useless player, unbalance player or player at the end of their career at high price.
Be patient and search for some good deal. Scout some player or if a player is already scouted ask the manager who is scouting them.

Recruiting Player

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Your need will change has you play but if you’re beginning you should definitely avoid player with low career longevity since you are in for the long-term these players do not worth your time.

On the other hand if you are aiming big this year you might get a cheap superstar at the end of their career, just don’t renew the contract.

Like we said before, be sure that the player has a high quality of attribute in the stat you need for the role you want to give him, that will help you with his training, and check that the stat are balanced so it will be easier to insert him in the team.

More Info: What a balanced player ? (check out this post for more detail )

Recruiting Staff

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Recruiting staff is a bit easier since they have only 2 stats, keep in mind that they can cost a lot in salary, you can check their expected salary when you select the staff member you want to bid on. Since the market is over flooded with candidate you can most of the time get away with a member for 10-100k, I’ve read somewhere that player not from your country cost a bit more (I’ll come back to you on that) so keep that in mind when you are looking for new staff member.

 

 

I haven’t talked about it in my previous post about player but another very important aspect of the game is to make sure that your player play at the best position available and that the coach show them the right tactic.

How to make you line composition efficient? The basic way to do it is too simply put the best player on the first line, the good but not good enough for the first line on the second and same thing for the third and fourth line.

You can leave the fourth lines empty if you not planning on using the fourth line.

Note that your player will be more fatigue if they always play 3 line. You can check Sam Hansen post on the subject of using 3 lines instead of 4 at succeed2k.

How to choose the right player for the right position, goaltender have their own unique goaltending attribute so you no1 goaltender should probably be the one with the highest value in goaltending (Duh!), but remember to train technique and passing to make your goaltender a better goaltender overall than one with 500 in goaltending and 10 in passing/technique.

For defenseman, it easy it’s their defense skill that important and their passing and technique afterward. For your forward it depend on their position, they all need high offense but center must have a high passing and technique while winger need to have a high aggression and technique. Don’t forget to train you player accordingly to and take account the quality of the skill too like we talked in the previous article. A good example of that is a player with the following stat (25(10)pas., 20(50)tec. and 5(88) agr.) is a good center at the time because of his current skill but with time it will become a better winger since he will train much faster in aggression than passing).

The bold stats are the main one, the red stats are the secondary one, but some other like shooting must be taken care of too.

Side note if you have the pro-pack you can create different set of line, one for game you know are easy, one for big games and one for friend game.

I personally tend to keep the same line-up whatever the game but, when you are playing a team you are sure to win maybe it’s a good idea to put your rookie and bench some veteran. It will reduce energy lost on your main player and will build chemistry and experience on your youngster.

 

These are mostly beginners tips, if you want more advance tips on line check out another post by Sam from suceed2k on line

Related :

My article on the players

Succeed2k post on line

Succeed2k post on 3 lines vs 4