Hello Stars Review

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What Did I Review Hello Stars On?

  • 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.

Hello Stars Level 2

The second level of the game.

The Game Outside the Levels

You Need to Earn Hearts

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. Your hearts/fans will go up even when you are not playing the game. You can also tap to make things up faster.

You Earn Coins to Buy Upgrades

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 many outfits to collect for the main character.

You Unlock New Stages

When you collect enough hearts/fans, you move on to a new stage. You move on from stage to stage by playing the game.

 

How do the levels work?

Solve Puzzles

The main goal of each level is to solve puzzles by drawing lines. You earn coins by beating new levels.

Hello Stars Coins Message

Try to Solve Puzzles with Fewer Lines

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.

Game Play Review

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.

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.

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Hello Stars Stays the Same for Too Long

The game of drawing lines is interesting and somewhat fun. 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. At the same time, developers need to balance levels and not introduce too many things at once.

Presentation Review

Game Has Simple Graphics

I like some things that others might call crappy/bad and the other way around. 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. There are other puzzle games that present themselves much better even with a simple style.

Music Is Not Special

Also, for being a game based on improving a band the music is nothing special. Your standard Android game music.

Spending Factor Review

About the Subscription

I have plenty to say here. Hello Stars uses a subscription-based pay model. First, let’s go over what the game’s subscription over so you can judge yourself.

The Cost of VIP Membership

The game offers you a VIP membership at the cost of $3 a week, and this would cost $12 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.

The Hello Stars Vip Membership

Why the Subscription Is No Good

It Costs Too Much Money

First off, I won’t pay $12 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. Like World of Warcraft for example.

So, it comes off as greedy to see something like this in a single player game. This game would charge you over $100 a year.

Some People Will Forget About the Auto Renewal

I know I will sound preachy here, but I need to point this out. The fact is not everybody pays attention to what they buy or knows how the rules of such things work. Keep in mind most Android games are not using a subscription-based pay model.

These subscription auto renewals until you tell it to stop. So, this game will be getting $3 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.

The game tells you this, but only in the tiny hard to read fine print at the bottom of the huge buy now button.

This Type of Pay Model Takes Advantage of Some People

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. I don’t care what developers say in public. There is no way they at least did not consider making money from people not paying attention.

Google Play Does Not Have Password Protection

Google Play does not password protect purchases and Google Play begs for you give them a payment method until you do. You can close this prompt and ignore it, but I imagine some people will give in a and give Google a payment method.

It is important for the consumer to make sure their account and payment information is secure as Google Play and developers are not necessarily doing it for you.

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 a week for this thing?! The game is very basic and average. Even if this game was amazing and one of the best in its genre this price is still too high.

Oh wow, some 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.

If the developer offers too much in this package and then the game becomes pay to win. That dirty phrase nobody wants to see anywhere near a video game. Well, to be fair Hello Stars is not a pay to win game. The puzzles are so simple I never felt like I needed any help. There are hints available though.

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? Charging $3 for a one-time purchase to remove ads is average and a bit high for some people.

It is not OK to have predatory practices as subscriptions in your games and not offer much of anything.

The Other Payment Options

You Can Buy Coins

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. This alone is OK. Many games offer such options.

You Can Get Coins for Free

The game offers multiple ways to get rewards by watching optional ads. There are also multiple ways to get free coins and boosters by playing the game.

You Not Need to Buy Coins to Play the Game

The fact that is game is not pay to win and does offer some free options is the only thing holding it back from getting the lowest score possible here. But not by much.

Annoyance Factor Review

Wordlink Has a Lot Annoyances

There are plenty of annoyances to be had. First, I will go over what the game does right. I like to try to be fair.

No Review Begging or Notification Spam

The game does not beg for good reviews. The game did not spam me notifications. It did send some notifications, but that is OK. I don’t mind a few gentle reminders if things do not go overboard. Some developers abuse notifications.

Annoying Popups

Remember that subscription model I just ranted about? The game has pop ups reminding you about it. Also, when you look at the store the subscription purchase option is right at the top and above the fold. This is a fancy advertiser phrase to mean the things you see on a page without scrolling down. This really tells me what the developer’s priorities are.

Too 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.

Overall Score

Overall Hello Stars is not very good. It is a simple puzzle game that offers a bit too much to pay for. 

Two Star Review Picture

Will I Keep Playing Hello Stars?

I will not play Hello Stars after this review. The puzzles were boring and did not interest me enough to want to play more.

Would 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.

Hello Stars Trailer

  • (3)
    Game Play
  • (3)
    Presentation
  • (1.5)
    Spending Factor
  • (2)
    Annoyance Factor
2.5

Summary

Hello Stars is a bland game about drawing lines.

Pros

  • Somewhat fun game.
  • Upgrading the stage can be fun.

Cons

  • Pointless subscription option
  • Graphics are a bit too simple for my tastes.
  • The game is repetitive.

 

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