Football Manager

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Commodore 16, Plus/4
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3.1
TRS-80
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Dragon 32/64
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Description

The football management game style has been one of the most enduring since Kevin Toms pioneered it in 1982. You start in the 4th division with the team of your choice, and can play on indefinitely in the hope of reaching the top division and dominating it, as well as winning the cups. Players can be bought or sold, with their transfer values varying according to the size of any bid. Their skills and morale vary as the season goes on, with resting key players in easy matches often a key move. You can take out a loan, limited depending on your division, while day-to-day bills must be covered. Matches feature short animated highlights sequences of key moments (Text only for C16).

Screenshots

Football Manager ZX81 Offer accepted
Football Manager Atari ST Financial status
Football Manager Commodore 64 Skill level.
Football Manager Commodore 64 Main menu.

Alternate Titles

  • "Futbol Manager" -- Spanish title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 9.33 out of 10 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 909 out of 1000 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Dec, 1986 8.67 out of 10 87
Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 16, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Micro 7 ZX Spectrum Jun, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Nov, 1986 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1991 19 out of 100 19

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Trivia

Speech

The Amiga version used the inbuilt speech system to read out the division's results, similarly to the BBC's Final Score rundown. No effort was seemingly made to pronounce the names correctly, and the robotic American-sounding inbuilt voice was used, making for some laughably inaccurate pronounciations - Torquay becomes 'Tour-quaye' rather than 'Tour-kee' for example.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #59 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #28 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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