Football Manager Handheld 2012 – the excellent football management game for iPad and iPhone – has been updated this week, to Version 3.5.
This update adds two new challenge scenarios to the game:
Austerity Measures: Your club is in serious financial difficulty. You have to reduce costs and raise funds. Specifically, you need to reduce the wage bill by 25% before the end of the transfer window and maintain early season form through until the end of the season.
You Can’t Win Anything with Kids: The board have sold the majority of your senior squad, leaving you tor rely on youth players. The aim is to win a trophy by season’s end.
The two new challenges are not built into the game though – they’re available via In-App purchase for $0.99 each. This hasn’t been well-received by a number of users who are bashing the update a bit in the App Store ratings. I think it’s fair to complain a little about this – given that this is a $10 game that brings out a full new version each year. I’m happy paying a solid price for a solid game, but I’d rather not get nickeled and dimed in between its annual releases. I would also much rather see an update that improves the AI of the app rather than additional challenges.
Here’s an App Store link for Football Manager Handheld 2012; it’s priced at $9.99 and is a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.