I haven’t been to a soccer match for years, and the mere idea fills me with woe. I find it incredibly boring watching the sport, even after spending seven years of my own youth chasing the leather ball. Give me a controller, or a touch screen and I am game for soccer right away. Fifa, PES, Real Football and X2 Football have all been welcome on my iPhone and iPad. Even more so have the manager games lately, as they are truly perfect for the portable devices.
SEGA has updated the game yearly, and this is the third version to hit iOS. I reviewed FM 2010 back in September of 2010. Graphically there hasn’t happened that much, and the game is still based on numbers for keeping track on players, teams and standings. I would really like to have some portraits for my players to get that extra connection with them.
Football Manager Handheld 2012 is still one of the most comprehensive manager titles for iOS. The biggest competitor is Championship Manager from Eidos. Personally I think there is ample room to have two games at the top, and both have their own pros and cons. To me the biggest pro for FM 2012 is how snappy, and agile it is despite the massive amount of data being processed each week in the game. It boots up quickly on my iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 and there are virtually no loading times between my choices and the next screen. Worth noting is that I only use one league in the game, and that is also something the game itself recommends. You can use up to four countries, and it is up to you how long you are prepared to wait between screens.
New in the 2012 edition of the game is a set of challenges that are all set for you to rise to glory, or crawl away in shame. These four challenges are enough to warrant a fan of the series to get this updated version. Other than that there is the obvious updates to the roosters, and leagues.
The game lacks multiplayer, and this is still something I would like to see. A global league would be so cool. I could take my Kidderminster Harriers on the road against other human managers. There are some social interactivity built in by means of Twitter, and FaceBook.
Football Manager Handheld 2012 is a must for anyone into football manager games. It is snappy, realistic and rewarding once you get your team in the right direction. A lack of multiplayer, and complete omission of arena building and limited media relations limits the final rating somewhat. Worth noting is that Football Manager Handheld 2012 has beaten out Venture Towns from Kairosoft as my casual game of choice, and that is not a small feat.
Football Manager Handheld 2012 $9.99 Universal for iPad/iPhone/iPod