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Football Manager Handheld 2012
The boss
by Chris Schilling 15/12/2011
Product: Football Manager Handheld 2012
Developer: Sports Interactive
Publisher: Sega
Format: iPhone
Genre: Simulation, Sports
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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It’s easy to boil down the yearly iterations of Football Manager into dry lists of statistics and upgrades. Here’s New Feature A that does this, there’s Incremental Improvement B which means that.

Yet its most significant triumph is its interface. It’s a slick, smooth, and classy-looking thing, with large buttons for the fat or clumsy of thumb, inventive shortcuts, slide controls, and a drag-and-drop setup for easy substitutions, tactical tweaks, and more.

It even looks - dare we say it - attractive. In a game that's essentially a series of spreadsheets, that’s no mean feat. It’s gone from having a face only a mother could love to the managerial equivalent of Ryan Gosling. ...

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Still in a league of its own, the premier portable management sim is back and better than ever
Audio/visual: 7
Gameplay: 9
Value: 10
Innovation: 6
Overall: 9
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