Football Manager Handheld 2014 App Puts the Trials and Tribulations of the Touchline in Your Trouser Pocket

By Gerald Lynch on at

Football Manager fans, you are hereby free to leave the cave in which you live out your PC-based footie-management fantasies, as the venerable soccer sim series makes its latest annual appearance on mobile devices. And it's a blinder. To paraphrase the inimitable Brian Clough, we wouldn't say Football Manager Handheld 2014 is the best in the business, but it's in the top one.
 

What does it do?

Football Manager Handheld 2014 lets you take control of a football team, organising tactics, setting up training schedules, making star signings, interacting with the press and (hopefully!) winning a few trophies along the way. Considering it's a mobile app, it's incredibly comprehensive, with detailed stats on thousands of real-world players and clubs. Fans of the full-fat PC version will find that many of the desktop game's best features carry over intact, while a touchscreen interface is incredibly well suited to the series.

 

Why do we like it?

As well as letting you act out your Jose Mourinho Premiership fantasies everywhere you go, this year's edition of the game includes a host of worthy new features. Games can now span international leagues, letting you start as manager of one nation's team before setting sail for a club in another country. There's also improved transfer system AI and the option to create a fantasy team full of made-up players if you so wish. If you're playing on one of Apple's iOS devices (and you have more than one at your disposal) you can even utilise Apple's iCloud to make use of a cloud-saved-game feature, letting you dish out some tactics and transfer details on your smartphone and then pick up your iPad and continue from where you left off seamlessly. All this is wrapped up in a refined user interface that makes it easier to track the reams of player data at your fingertips.

Football Manager Handheld 2014, download this app for: Both iOS and Android devices, priced £6.99.

The Best: Thorough football management game, squeezed onto smartphones for on-the-toilet play.

The Worst: Losing hours of your life to what is essentially a giant football-themed spreadsheet.