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- Football manager -

First off this game is about soccer which in Europe is called football so it's not about American football.
I never hide the fact that I don't like soccer games and soccer in general so when I first came upon this game I was a bit sceptical about it. However the game is more a strategic simulation of managing and you just happen to manage a soccer team and you don't need to know much about the game itself to play it.

You start with a set amount of cash, ranging from 50.000-100.000 in different versions, and you can pick any team playing in the English leages. It does not matter which team you choose because you will always start in the lowest division and it's your job to make a winning team out of the one you chose. At the start you will be stuck with the players who are already on the team but later on other players will become available for hire or trade. The main game is played from a menu screen where you can select such things as trading players, lending money from the bank and selecting team members. Before a match starts you can select the players which can change the overal team ratings like energy, defence and attack. The ratings can go from 1-20 and the team with the highest stats will often win but it is possible that you can cause an upset and beat a better team. Besides this you will have to pay the bills which is directly related to the quality of players you have and which league you are in. After the seasons ends (at least 15 matches) then the scores are calculated and the teams are promoted or demoted according to their rankings. The difficulty level of the game which you can select at the start of the game is automatically recalculated and if you did well the game will become more difficult. The ultimate goal is ofcourse to become the winner of the first division which will make you the best team in all of England.

I found myself having much more fun with this than most football games simply because you don't actually have to play any football. Sure the game is played mostly from a text menu and you can't really control the match once it has started but that is part of the game. If you are looking for a managing game then I can recommend this game, just don't expect any eyecandy.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1990 by Prism leisure.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
This has the best audio-visuals but not my much. I have no idea why it was released so much later than the other versions.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
Practically the same as the ZX spectrum version.
BBC Micro Released in ?.
Game has been tested but not completed with BeebEm v2.0.
This version looks even worst than the ZX version but gameplay remains the same.
C64 Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1982.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
This is the original version and it shows but the basic gameplay is the same as the others.

Date added Jan-26-2005 19:27
Name Football manager
Developer Addictive software
Publisher Addictive software
First released 1982
Genre Strategy
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 15 Kb
BBC Micro, filesize: 12 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 21 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 286 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 12 Kb
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