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The Ultimate Football Strategy Game For The Samsung Galaxy S3
Phones LimitedJun 21, 2012 10:09 BST
Many mobile football games can feel some what restrictive due the relatively small screens offered by most handsets. A great alternative to many more arcade based titles is Football Manager 2012 Handheld, a game that focuses on strategy rather than action. We take a closer look at this very impressive Samsung Galaxy S3 title.
At first we were not sure how the Football Manager game would work on a mobile device. The home PC version of the title is absolutely huge and it was obvious that this would need to be scaled down considerably to work on a device like the Samsung Galaxy S3. We were therefore pleasantly surprised to see that the game offered the same addictive game play and multitude of options even with cut backs in some areas. Gone is the 3D match view and in its place is a more simple birds eye view of the action. Gone is the option to manage your backroom staff although we wonder how many people actually used this aspect of the game. Other areas such as reserve team management and high quality stadium photographs are also omitted so that the game can deliver optimum performance. The most important elements however are still all present including leagues and players from 12 countries across the worlds, expansive formation management and the option to wheel and deal to sign the very best players for your team.
Playing this game on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a pleasure thanks to the redesigned interface that boasts just six main options that enable you to access all areas of the game. These options are presented as large tiles on the main screen. A Team option enables you to view the players at your disposal and select the team and tactics for your next match. If you feel that this team needs strengthening in some areas then the Search option lets you look all over the world for players to try and tempt to your club. A Manager option also lets you search for new job opportunities if you feel you are ready for a new challenge. From this option you can also contact the board of your existing club to request more funds. The interface works very well and in some ways this mobile version feels more fluent than the fill version available for PCs and laptops. Dragging and dropping players to and from positions feels more natural than using a mouse to perform the same task.
We were doubtful about this game for the Samsung Galaxy S3 when we first tried it but we have been blown away by just how good it is. Despite the scaling back in some areas Football Manager 2012 Handheld still manages to deliver excellent performance and a hugely addictive game play.