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100
Commodore 64Your Commodore (Dec, 1984)
The object of the game is simple: to take over a club at the bottom of the fourth division and with skill and dexterity to take it to the top of division one through a series of league and FA Cup matches. (...) Move over Subutteo because here comes a game that is going to glue you to that screen.
100
Commodore 64Popular Computing Weekly (Aug 16, 1984)
There are many other excellent features in this game, in fact the attention to detail is outstanding.
100
BBC MicroHome Computing Weekly (Oct 23, 1984)
This is a game for fanatical followers of soccer who have a driving ambition to manage their own team.
100
FM is the standard management soccer game. Pick your team, study form, check the league positions, - its all there as you become Cloughie for an afternoon. Highly recommended.
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[Budget Re-test] FM is the standard management soccer game. Pick your team, study form, check the league positions, - its all there as you become Cloughie for an afternoon. Highly recommended.
93
ZX SpectrumASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Feb, 1986)
Ich habe das Spiel FOOTBALL MANAGER (Spectrum-Version) schon seit einiger Zeit und mu├č sagen, es ist wohl eines der intelligentesten und spannendsten Strategie-Programme, die ich je gesehen habe. Es macht einfach Spa├č, sein pers├Ânliches Team zur Meisterschaft zu f├╝hren. Ich meine, dieser Oldie ist ein Dauer-Hit!
91
The first, and some would say still the best football management game. It's the game that made its designer - 6-foot-plus giant Kevin Toms - a part of computer game history, as his bearded mug shot appeared on all of the hundreds of thousands of games that were sold. Quite a photo star was 'Our Kev'.
90
Atari STAtari ST User (Jun, 1988)
I found Football Manager totally absorbing. Playing on the lowest of seven skill levels, I managed to gain promotion from the Fourth Division and won the FA Cup in the same year. A bid for the First Division championship could take several days. If you fancy yourself as Brian Clough or Terry Venables, get yourself a copy of Addictive's Football Manager - it's better than the real thing!
90
ZX SpectrumGamestyle (Jul 10, 2008)
For those who do not realise this often took 10 minutes or more depending on where the save was. For the more ambitious and conniving player you could quite easily hack into the code and alter things to your favour but why bother if that was the case? The game did have it's problems, among which was the fact that on a regular basis your team might only consist of 9 players due to injury. Funny thing is, you often won those matches! Unlike management games today or subsequent sequels the game was very much luck and not skill. No single formation, tactic or team could guarantee success and to this day Gamestyle remains convinced it was programmed to cheat anyway! Classic stuff.
87
Es lie├če sich sicherlich noch einiges ├╝ber den Football Manager sagen (ich denke, man merkt, da├č es mir nur schwer gelingt, meine Begeisterung f├╝r dieses phantastische Programm zu unterdr├╝cken), doch das eigentlich Wichtige ist die F├╝lle von M├Âglichkeiten und Varianten, die dieses Spiel bietet. Zudem ├şst es dem Addictive-Team gelungen, ein Programm zu entwickeln, das ÔÇô wie kaum ein anderes ÔÇô Spiele-Freaks und Sportfreunde gleicherma├čen anspricht. F├╝r mich ist und bleibt der Football Manager eines der besten Sportspiele, die jemals ver├Âffentlicht wurden!
87
Atari 8-bitASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Dec, 1986)
Es lie├če sich sicherlich noch einiges ├╝ber den Football Manager sagen (ich denke, man merkt, da├č es mir nur schwer gelingt, meine Begeisterung f├╝r dieses phantastische Programm zu unterdr├╝cken), doch das eigentlich Wichtige ist die F├╝lle von M├Âglichkeiten und Varianten, die dieses Spiel bietet. Zudem ├şst es dem Addictive-Team gelungen, ein Programm zu entwickeln, das ÔÇô wie kaum ein anderes ÔÇô Spiele-Freaks und Sportfreunde gleicherma├čen anspricht. F├╝r mich ist und bleibt der Football Manager eines der besten Sportspiele, die jemals ver├Âffentlicht wurden!
80
Commodore 64Personal Computer Games (Jan, 1985)
It is one of the most addictive games I have ever played and if you will excuse me I'm just off to take Wimbledon to the Cup Final.
80
ZX SpectrumEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 16, 2007)
Though crucial to the football videogame timeline, it's difficult to recommend this title for much beyond historical study. Admittedly it can be relief to play a management game which doesn't force you into clicking on a desk tidy to set up the hoovering schedule for your club's cleaning staff, and moaning at the ineptitude of the stick-figure players is entertaining for a while, but that's where interest begins to wane. Eight points for kicking off the genre, but the march of time has sadly doomed this veteran squad to relegation.
78
Amstrad CPCComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Jan, 1985)
This game probably won't convert you into a football freak, but if you are one already then you'll like it.
67
ZX SpectrumMicro 7 (Jun, 1984)
Bien que pourvu d'une bonne animation sur le terrain, le but du jeu est ailleurs. Vous ├¬tes l'entra├«neur d'une ├ęquipe que vous devez mener ├á la victoire ├á la fin de la saison en composant la meilleure ├ęquipe possible.
60
Commodore 16, Plus/4Commodore User (Nov, 1986)
Overall, a fair conversion but let's face it, it's a game of two halves and I've got a feeling Gremlin's new footy game, might come through to steal a win. Back to the studio and the rest of the day's results.
19
AmigaAmiga Power (Jul, 1991)
[Budget re-release] A classic strategy game, it's still massively addictive today, though it's been out-featured by practically every other game in the genre since. This Amiga version, sadly, isn't half as good as even the Spectrum one. The match highlights - the game's centre-piece, are unbelievably slow and tedious, and without their hook the gameplay is left looking as slight as it actually is. Dig out your old 8-bit and play it on that instead.
 
Commodore 64Happy Computer (Nov, 1984)
Wer strategische Computerspiele und Fu├čball mag, wird von ÔÇ×Football ManagerÔÇť hellauf begeistert sein, Das Spiel ist schnell verst├Ąndlich und macht auch langfristig gesehen viel Spa├č. Gl├╝cklicherweise sieht das Men├╝ den Unterpunkt ÔÇ×Save GameÔÇť vor, um den aktuellen Stand einer nervenaufreibenden Saison zu speichern und wieder zu laden. Das Programm wird in England f├╝r knappe acht Pfund (gute 30 Mark) angeboten und bietet f├╝r sein Geld eine ganze Menge Spielwert. Ein rundum gelungenes Vergn├╝gen.


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