Football Manager Handheld 2012 Review
by Michael Sawh on December 19, 2011
If FM 2012 hasn’t already eaten away at your weekends in between those hours when you’re not at the game or slumped into ‘your’ spot on the sofa watching Match of the Day, the latest handheld instalment of the best football management game out there is back for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
It should be acknowledged for loyal fans of the Mac and PC versions that this is in no way the same game, and as Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson recently told T3, both are treated as separate titles.
If you picked up FM Handheld 2011 last year, it’s much the same in terms of visuals and menu screens with on-screen buttons suitably sized, and an interface that looks clean and slick as ever on that gorgeous Retina display.
The most notable new addition is the arrival of Challenge mode alongside career mode (30 seasons). Players can choose from a series of scenarios such as taking charge of an injury-stricken side, or attempting to pull a side out from the relegation mire giving FM Handheld 2012 even more of a pick -up-and-play feel.
Career-mode wise, you can select from twelve nations to test your managerial skills with the ability to pick up to four nations at once widening the pool of players you can send your scouts out to watch. A warning does pop up prior to selecting multiple leagues suggesting longer loading times, but we didn’t experience any significant change from playing with just a single league database running.
For FM Handheld newbies there’s the football equivalent of the Microsoft Office paper clip that will take you through each new menu screen and is an easy way to get to grips with the game. In this day and age of Facebook and Twitter, you’ll find that integrated too, but we opted out of clogging up feeds with our Manager of the Month awards.
Once you get into the thick of the action, it’s much of the same from FM 2011 into aspects you can tinker with from training schedules to formation selections. One thing that we did find frustrating was the inability to drag and drop players into custom formations during matches, while we would have liked to perhaps have seen the introduction of half-time team talks which is a great feature added in recent FM instalments.
There will no doubt be some FM fans frustrated that they can’t send scouts out to Botswana to uncover a star striker, but FM Handheld 2012 is a great example of understanding the mobile gaming platform and its limitations. We love that the new FM has stayed true to its successful formula from previous Handheld instalments and with the new Challenge mode it should be an essential for every wannabe Mourinho who owns an iPhone.
Buy this app: Download the Football Manager Handheld 2012 app now