I feel apologies are in order for anyone who knows anything about soccer and is excited for the Football Manager series. See, we're Americans and know nothing about soccer. Or, at least, Jared and I don't. We try to play Football Manager Handheld 2014, but without any sort of tutorial it basically was a total disaster. Still, I know there are people excited for this game, so it only made sense to record some kind of footage hoping someone out there can make some sense of it.

Football Manager Handheld 2014 is scheduled for a US release tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern. Our forums are filled with first impressions of the game, so swing by and check that out if you're looking for more than this video.

International App Store Link: Football Manager Handheld 2014, $10.99

  • spokentruths772

    Still trying to figure out why this is more expensive than oceanhorn

    • heresandypandy

      Well the PC version of Football Manager is the very definition of a triple-A series, for a start, and if you're from outside the US it's probably only beaten by FIFA in terms of popularity as far as sports games go - it's certainly the biggest sports sim available. So I'd guess the price of the mobile version is based on the popularity of its big brother :)

      • heresandypandy

        "Sports management sim", that should say.

    • ratonbox

      One simple reason: hardcore fans are the main market for this game and they are always willing to pay more money for a well-made sim, Look at train simulators or flight sims.

    • Meridian99

      I think replaybility makes its price more than fair. You can start the game with probably one of a hundred different teams and no two games play alike. I am still playing the one from two years ago.

  • seo25

    Haha if you think that's complicated you should see a screenshot for football manager for PC. I'm a huge FM handheld fan but even I can work the PC version!

  • Peter Bohanna

    lol, all I will say is nice of you to choose Ireland

  • MarcVaughan

    If you don't know the sport then your best bet is probably to approach it as a 'turn based strategy game' which just happens to be 'soccer based' .... I've managed to sucker a fair few innocent Americans into becoming soccer fans over the years through this approach ;)

    Think of your 'team' as being a team in a war strategy game and each match as a battle, leave tactics etc. at whatever they're set as by default initially and use the 'helpers' (ie. pick team etc.) to help you get used to things initially.

    After each match look at the player ratings as a way of judging how they got on - a 'crude' appraoch is the overall rating being over 7 = good, 7 = ok, under 7 = poor.

    In time I hope you'll pick up a feel for things and slowly find yourself understanding more about the world of soccer, then eventually you'll find yourself watching it on television ... and parhaps playing in the park yourself one day ;)

    • MarcVaughan

      Oh and if you start unemployed (which is really an option for 'hardcore' users) then you have to go into Search - Jobs and apply for a managers position at a club when its available.

  • Lochheart

    Football manager is the best management simulation ever.

    It exists since I was a Kid and I'm 30. No other simulation can reach this perfection. Every game is a new start and you can really change the destiny of your team. Every little things you decide can change the game.

  • tedbearmeadows

    I've been waiting for this! Scared I'll be disappointed. Hope it's not just a bulk standard FM update.

    • Meridian99

      From the images I saw it looks like it has changed nicely, the interface looks much better and they have some other updates too including a large database for the first time apparently

  • tedbearmeadows

    Fingers crossed! I'm not sure if I should buy it asap or hold off and see what the reviews say

  • Kiss István

    Why doesn't a competent write an article who loves football/soccer? This First look is totally unnecessary, only TA burns itself...

    • heresandypandy

      I agree, they might as well not've bothered really. I'd expect to have a similar experience with IOTP or whatever the acronym of the baseball management game is, so I wouldn't be doing a hands-on preview of it when I'd only do it a disservice.

    • MarcVaughan

      I disagree to some extent as I REALLY appreciate us getting the coverage and think that a fair few European people will find the contrast in coverage to the 'local' reviews amusing ....

      PS - Its also demonstrated that making the 'unemployed' option more visible means that we should improve the feedback given when you start using that as I can see why it might be confusing to someone who's never played a management game before.

  • curtneedsaride

    Thanks for giving this game some attention! I've purchased it for the last two years running, and it's definitely my kind of game since I follow the EPL. This is the top football/soccer management game on iOS, not to mention probably the deepest and best sports manager on iOS.