Hello Stars Review Information
At the time of this review, Hello Stars was one of the top five free games on Google Play, and I was curious to see why.
- I Played Hello Stars on my LG V20 Android smartphone.
- I played the game for two days.
- This is the first time I have played Hello Stars.
What Kind of Game Is Hello Stars?
Hello Stars is a drawing puzzle game. This is a genre I recently started playing and seeing on Android. The goal is to solve puzzles by drawing lines.
The Game Outside the Levels
You play the game as an unnamed stick figure character. You are a singer and start a band. People start to show up, and you earn hearts over time. This works like an idle/clicker game.
When you collect enough hearts/fans, you move on to a new stage. You move on from stage to stage by playing the game.
As you beat levels, you earn coins. You use these coins to upgrade the music stage and change your characters outfits.
As you upgrade the music stage, you gain more speakers and things like that. There are also many outfits to collect for the main character.
The Game Outside the Puzzles Is Boring
While the main goal of a game does matter, I tend to focus on how fun the game is to play.
The fact that I am playing as some guy trying to start a band is nice, but I am more interested in how fun the games puzzles are to play. About that.
How Do the Levels Work?
The main goal of each level is to solve puzzles by drawing lines. You earn coins by beating new levels. There is a limited amount of lines you can draw each level, but you can draw if the ball is moving. You earn more stars for drawing less.
This Is a Very Simple Game
The game is a simple game. I have no problem with that as many developers make Android games with simple concepts, and it can work great. Like matching three things, throwing bubbles, etc.
I judge a game on what it does different and how it presents itself.
Hello Stars Stays the Same for Too Long
My biggest issue with this game is that things don’t change enough. I understand this is hard to do, but there need to be creative and unique levels.
The Game Has Simple Graphics
Graphics do not need to be fancy or flashy if the player knows what they need to do. Hello Stars is 100% in the simple and basic camp when it comes to graphics.
The stick figure style reminds me of old flash games I used to play as a kid back in like 2002. I don’t mean this as a huge insult, but that is what things look like.
To be fair there are many different outfits for your stick singer to wear, and they are nice and detailed.
The Music Is Bland
For being a game based on improving a band the music is nothing special. Nothing I can even remember or noteworthy.
How Does This Game Get You to Spend Money?
The Game Sells You a Subscription
The game offers you a VIP membership at the cost of $3 (USD) a week, and this would cost $12 (USD) a month. Buying this subscription gets you a daily gift, 500 coins, and a rare outfit.
You also need to pay for this subscription to get rid of ads.
Why the Subscription Is No Good
It Costs Too Much Money
I won’t pay $12 (USD) a month for most games. I am not talking Android only here either. The fact is most games don’t use a subscription-based model and the ones that do tend to be massive online games.
So, it comes off as greedy to see something like this in a single player game. This game would charge you over $100 (USD) a year.
The Subscription Gives Very Little
This subscription doesn’t even give you very much for such a high cost. Keep in mind Hello Stars is a very simple game of solving puzzles. So why would I pay $3 (USD) a week for this thing?!
Even if this game was amazing and one of the best in its genre this price is still too high.
You pay this much money to get in-game currency, a gift, and a random outfit. These things can be earned by playing the game. The outfits are not that flashy, to begin with.
Some games offer very fun and cool looking cosmetics, and you feel like you want them. This game does not do that.
This Type of Pay Model Takes Advantage of Some People
These subscription auto renewals until you tell it to stop. So, this game will be getting $3 (USD) from you every week until you unsubscribe.
You must unsubscribe 24 hours before the subscription day, or you will get charged for another week. How do you unsubscribe? You go to a menu in Google Play and not in the game itself.
Even with good intentions, this type of pay model sounds predatory. I can 100% see people not paying attention or kids paying for this only to be surprised at future payments.
You Need to Buy the Subscription to Remove Ads
The thing that annoys me more than anything else is hiding the option to remove ads behind a subscription-based pay model.
The Other Payment Options
You can still buy coins in this game. Keep in mind coins are needed to upgrade your stage faster and to buy a few other things. I suppose this for people who are impatient and don’t want to wait for things.
Is This Game Fair for People Who Don’t Spend Money?
You can beat this game on your own, and the things to purchase feel more like distractions than requirements.
How Does This Game Annoy You?
There Are Annoying Popups
Remember that subscription model I just ranted about? The game has pop ups reminding you about it often.
There Are Many Ads
The game also shows ads often. The game doesn’t show ads after every level, but then the levels are short and easy to beat. Remember that the only way to get rid of ads to pay for the optional subscription.
My Overall Thoughts on Hello Stars
Hello Stars is not very good. It is a simple puzzle game that offers a bit too much to pay for.
Do I Recommend People Play Hello Stars?
I would not recommend playing Hello Stars. If you want to play a game similar to this but done better consider playing Happy Glass.
Did I Play More Hello Stars?
I did not play Hello Stars after this review. The puzzles were boring and did not interest me enough to want to play more.