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.