Home Computing Weekly

Football Manager

Author: D.C.
Publisher: Addictive Games
Machine: BBC Model B

Published in Home Computing Weekly #85

This is a game for fanatical followers of soccer who have a driving ambition to manage their own team.

There is every opportunity for you to show your skill, by buying the right players to strengthen your team, selecting the right blend of skills to counter your opponents and balancing the club budget at the end of each week.

The aim is to lead your team to promotion, and there is plenty of scope as you start at the bottom of the fourth division!

The game is well thought out and gives you a number of reasonable options at each round from buying and selling players to selecting a different team. This is no false implementation either; each season involves 22 games in the league and a full set of cup fixtures too.

What I found most remarkable was the graphical representation of the match highlights. This is a large program but there are crude yet engaging, moving graphics showing each attack on goal during the match. The save game facility is essential; one game took five hours just to recach Division Two. A real winner.


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