Football Manager Handheld 2011 is now a universal app, meaning that it is now fully designed for the iPad as well as the iPhone. Hurrah, I am very excited to see this title as a full-fledged iPad version.
I’ve been a huge (crazy, obsessed) fan of football management games for many years – originally Championship Manager and then Football Manager over recent years. I was happy to see both of those hit the iPhone last year, but I could never really get into the games on such a small screen. So it would be a big understatement to say I was excited to see that Football Manager now has an iPad app.
I bought the app yesterday and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to start playing it until fairly late last night. I only had time to setup a new game, with the English Premier League as my primary league and Spain, Italy, and Holland as my three included nations. I chose to play as Arsenal – because I love their exciting young passing and attacking team. So far I’ve only played two friendlies and one league match (a close defeat away at Anfield), but my initial impressions of the game are very positive.
Here are a few quick thoughts on it:
— Most of the game screens are familiar and look great on the iPad screen, and it’s pretty easy to get around and get through all your manager tasks pretty quickly. If you choose to allow them, it offers some nice tips as you visit each portion of the interface for the first time.
— Player Profiles are well done, with separate pages used for various aspects of their profile.
— It has some fun and funky new formations for teams to use. I’ve got Arsenal playing a 4-1-2-2-1 at the moment.
— It does an auto-save each time you exit the game and you can do manual saves as well. The saves are done quite quickly. In fact all the processing in the game (e.g each time you hit continue game) is very fast.
— Two not so great things I’ve noticed are that you can’t compare players (or if you can I haven’t seen how yet) and that match commentary (at medium speed) is very choppy and disjointed.
Overall, I’m enjoying the game a lot so far and looking forward to getting further into it very soon. Once I’ve had a chance to do that, I’ll post a full review.
In the meantime, here’s an App Store link for Football Manager Handheld 2011; it’s priced at $9.99.
Have any of you tried out this game yet? If so, please let us know what you think in the comments.