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Review: Football Manager Handheld 2013 for iPad

Football Manager Handheld 2013

I’ve been a huge fan of football management games for many years. Football here means The Beautiful Game, or soccer if you must. Football Manager has been the clear leader in this category on the desktop for a number of years – and a couple years ago it came to the iPad as Football Manager Handheld 2011.

Football Manager Handheld 2013 is the third generation of this game on the iPad and iPhone. I played the heck out of and reviewed the two previous generations.  I installed this year’s version the day it hit the App Store and have spent numerous hours playing it too – and it’s about time for a review of it.


The game lets you take the reins as manager of any club from a choice of the top leagues in 14 countries. The countries list has expanded this year and now includes Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales. You’re in charge of player transfers, training, tactics, and managing the team during matches.

Here are details on features that are new in the 2013 edition of the game:

Making their full debut this year in FMH13 are in-app purchases. These optional extras are available in both game modes and allow you the opportunity to instantly do things such as expanding your stadium or attract a wealthy ‘Sugar Daddy’ chairman for a small fee. You can also purchase fresh new challenges in Challenge Mode.
Please note that the In-App Purchases ‘Expand Stadium’ and ‘Build Youth Academy’ can only be bought once you have started a game and are only usable in that game.

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Quick Look & Video Demo: Paper Toss with Friends for iPad

Paper Toss with Friends for iPad

Paper Toss has been one of my favorite fun little games for iPhone and iPad for years now. I played the heck out of the original version on the iPhone and both my 9 year old daughter and I loved Paper Toss World Tour where we could test our tossing skills at a range of scenic places around the world.

The latest release in this popular series is Paper Toss with Friends – a social, multiplayer version that let you play online against Facebook or Game Center friends or random opponents. I’ve been playing Paper Toss with Friends for iPad for the last week or so. It’s still a simple, fun game to play, but now it has added some cool bells and whistles – or actually staplers, footballs, soda cans, bouncy balls, watermelons, and even hand grenades. These are all new options to replace the crumpled up paper and try to toss into the garbage can.

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Review – Civil War: 1863 iPad Game

Civil War 1863 for iPad

Civil War: 1863 is a turn-based strategy game for the iPad that lets you take command of Union and Confederate forces and engage in some of the epic battles that occurred in 1863 during the American Civil War.

I grew up playing turn-based strategic war games against my younger brother. They were board games in those days and we played tons of them – from ancient battles with Alexander the Great or Caesar’s armies (or their opponents’) to command to many Napoleonic battles and campaigns, World War II games, and lots more. I enjoyed these immensely, despite the fact that my brother ran rings round me and I very rarely emerged victorious when playing against him.

I’ve been looking for good strategy games of this type to play on the iPad for a long while, have tried out a number of them, but had never come across one I found compelling and wanted to spend a lot of time playing. Earlier this month I spotted Civil War:1863 in the App Store and thought it looked a lot like what I was after. I’ve spent many hours playing the game and I’m happy to say I’ve been enjoying it a whole lot.

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Retro Decathlon 2012: Running, Jumping & Throwing Fun on the iPad

Retro Decathlon 2012 iPad game

Retro Decathlon 2012: Run, Jump and Throw with us is a new iPad game that’s been released this week just in time for the London Olympics and the start of the Track and Field events today. The decathlon has long been considered one of the signature Track & Field events and is said to crown the world’s greatest all-round athlete, and this game promises to let you have a crack at it in a playful retro style.

Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:

Retro Decathlon 2012: Run, Jump and Throw with us! allows you to experience ten track and field events in an adorable retro graphics and compare your results with the rest of the world in online leaderboards.

10 games in one: 100 meters sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters run, 110 meters hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and finally the exhausting 1500 meters run.

I’ve been giving the game a try over the last couple of nights and though I’m far from a master of it, I’m finding it to be good fun.

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Review – realMyst for iPad

For those who may not be too familiar with video gaming history, Myst was one of those games that changed everything. Released in Sept. 1993, Myst was a fantastical CD-ROM puzzle game that combined a unique setting with a powerfully original story.

Myst spawned a five-game series, several spin-off novels and a new generation of story-based games geared toward an adult audience. It really was a marvel of its time.

So it only makes sense it would be brought to the iPad, another marvel of its time.

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Quick Look: ZDAY Survival Simulator HD for iPad

ZDAY Survival Simulator HD iPad app

I’m a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV program. I watched it one Sunday night on a whim and then went back and watched every past episode and now never miss it when there’s a current series running. Like many viewers, I find myself wondering how I’d fare in that sort of horrific zombie apocalypse world.

ZDAY Survival Simulator HD for the iPad offers to help us simulate just such a predicament, and test out our survival skills. I’m not generally a huge fan of this sort of adventure game, but the subject matter grabbed me and I’ve been giving this iPad game a go.


Here’s an excerpt from ZDAY Survival Simulator HD’s App Store intro:

What better way to survive a full blown apocalypse than to PRACTICE? This is not a traditional shooter or an arcade style game where you poke buttons to shoot digital bullets at virtual zombies. ZDAY is a 21st century text-based Simulator that puts you the player in tough, real-world situations and says “what would YOU do?”.

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Quick Look: Euro Championship Trivia for iPad

Euro Championship Trivia iPad game

Euro Championship Trivia for iPad is a game that might be of interest to anyone who a) enjoys trivia games and b) is a fan of football (of The Beautiful Game variety) and enjoys following this major championship. I fall into both those categories so I took a look at this game today.

The European Championship, or Euro 2012, is set to kickoff in Poland and Ukraine in just a couple of weeks. Aside from the World Cup, this is one of the most important, prestigious and hotly contested tournaments in the world of football. With its smaller field there are never any easy matches in this tournament – and I can’t wait to be watching this year’s matches.

So I’m very much in the mood to test out my powers of recollection about the past history of this tournament – and this game lets me do just that.

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Quick Look & Screencast Demo – The Dictator: Wadiyan Games for iPad

The Dictator Wadiyan Games for iPad

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest movie madness, The Dictator, is due to hit theaters in the US next month. In advance of the film’s release Paramount’s Digital Entertainment arm has released an iPad and iOS game – The Dictator: Wadiyan Games.

Here’s a slice of the App Store intro for the game – I love the last line:

The Wadiyan Games lets you step into the shoes of the General Aladeen and compete in his four favorite events – running, swimming, fencing and boxing.
You can also upload a headshot and pose alongside the General Aladeen and share the picture on Facebook, Twitter and email!
The game also features the ultimate finishing moves for each event. Additional sporting events and backdrops can be unlocked with in-app purchase.
The app was blessed by General Aladeen and based on the upcoming Paramount Pictures feature film The Dictator … Due to the size of the app, it is recommended that you download over a WiFi connection, if your country allows internet access!

The game’s main character is The Dictator – General Aladeen. There’s not much to the game, and it’s far from challenging – but if you’re a big Sacha Baron Cohen fan it’s a good bit of novelty fun leading up to the movie release. There are two events that come free with the app (which is also free) – Running and Boxing. You can unlock two more, Swimming and Fencing, for 99 cents each – or pay $1.99 to unlock both of those plus 5 General Aladeen pics. If you choose the latter option, you can also upload headshots to pose yourself or others alongside The General.

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Review: Football Manager Handheld 2012 for iPad

Football Manager Handheld 2012 for iPad

Football Manager Handheld 2012 is this year’s iPad (and iPhone) version of the superb football management game from Sports Interactive. I’m a huge and long-time fan of the Football Manager series, after graduating to it following years of obsession with Championship Manager.

I was over the moon when Football Manager first came to the iPad. Yes, there wa an iPhone version before that but this game lends itself much better to the bigger screen I think. I spent many (many!) hours playing last year’s iPad version of this game and mostly enjoyed it. It had one very major bug which I felt really let the game down though – it would never remember your choices for penalty and set-piece takers. So you could have David Beckham and Roberto Carlos (if he were still playing) set as your free kick takers and then find that every time you got one a lumbering central defender would come forward and blast it nowhere near the goal.

Seeing a new year’s version of Football Manager is always exciting, and even more so for me now with the iPad version. I had high hopes for the new 2012 version and I’ve spent a crazy (just ask my wife) amount of time playing it since it was released last December. Hit the break for all my thoughts on this latest version …

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Review: NFL Kicker HD for iPad

NFL Flick Kicker HD

NFL Kicker HD, as the name suggests,  gives you a chance to take on the role of an NFL kicker (and punter). The game has you testing your skills at both field goal kicking and punting in a number of different challenge modes, from belting long field goals in windy conditions to trying angle punts out of bounds just shy of the end zone.

This is the latest iPad sports game from Full Fat Games, who are also the makers of NFL Flick Quarterback HD, Flick Soccer HD, and Flick Golf Extreme HD. All three of those are favorites of mine and excellent iPad games. Hit the break to see why this is yet another stellar game from Full Fat Games …

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Review – LostWinds for iPad

LostWinds for iPad, originally a 2008 WiiWare release for the Nintendo Wii, is now available on mobile platforms. Despite the game’s appearance, music and otherwise gorgeous presentation, it appears to be more successful for the Wii than the iPad – primarily in terms of how difficult the controls are on the mobile version.

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