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Handball Manager 2008: Das Original is a managerial simulation of handball where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success of his team. Regarding gameplay and options it is similar to soccer managers. The player has several options to his disposal, e.g. training, tactics, lineup, stadium expansion or player transfers. The players are represented with a ability score and several other personal traits which influence their performance and training needs. An assistant coach can take some responsibilities of his shoulder - but of course he wants a proper salary if he is competent.

As in most German sport managers the player has a lot of opportunities which influence not his team but his player character personally. He can change his team, buy status symbols or even found his own club. The game evaluates his successes and increased or decreases his level. If it increases he gets manager points which he can reinvest in better abilities, e.g. training. At the start of the game he chooses between a real career starting with a low-class team or picks a specific team.

In comparison to Handball Manager 2007: World Edition a few options, especially the tactical ones, got expanded. The main innovation however is a second match presentation mode where the player can watch the game in 3D. Of course the player can also choose the old text mode. where he sits in front of a live ticker where all matches are calculated. If something interesting happens during the own match text messages tell him about the moves and results. The player can set how detailed and fast he wants the messages to be.

The game has official licensed team and player names for the first and second German male handball league and for the first German female league. Additionally the player can choose a team from ten lower-classed German leagues and the first league from twenty other countries. Parallel to his regular club he can also manage one of 70 national teams.


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Game Captain Oct 26, 2007 69 out of 100 69
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2007 65 out of 100 65
GBase - The Gamer's Base Nov 20, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Gameswelt Nov 26, 2007 60 out of 100 60
Looki Dec 01, 2007 59 out of 100 59


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Patrick Bregger (223106) added Handball Manager 2008: Das Original (Windows) on Nov 01, 2009