Ever since Football Manager Handheld 2011 was updated to run on the iPad a little over a month ago, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the game – and enjoying the heck out of it.
And my ‘night job’ as the manager of Arsenal in the English Premier League is off to a very good start. In my first season in charge, we finished a close second in the league, just below Liverpool and ahead of Man United. Net transfer spend for that season was zero as well, with 12 million spent, and 12 million brought back in through player sales.
I’m about a third of the way through my second season and sitting top of the table with a game in hand and a 4-0 thrashing of United at Old Trafford amongst the early season results.
When I first started playing the game I found myself missing a few of the more in-depth features that are in the PC version of the game. After just a short while those feelings went away. I’ve discovered that the game strikes a very good balance in including enough features to make the game as compelling as ever, while keeping it simple enough to be an easy ‘pick up and play’ option that you can dive into for a quick 5 minutes of play or a stretch of a couple hours.
This is now easily my favorite iPad game, and my number one diversion on the iPad.
UPDATE: While replying to Ivan in the comments, I just realized the perfect way to describe the stage I’ve reached in my enjoyment of this game: the ‘contemplating next moves in the transfer market while walking the dog’ stage. Yeah, that’s about where I’m at. :)
Here’s an App Store link for Football Manager Handheld 2011; it’s priced at $9.99 and is a universal app designed to run on the iPad and iPhone.