Nintendo Pocket Football Club review – Football Manager without the fuss

Football management Sims are typically hard, complicated and visually unappealing games, so of course, Nintendo's version is none of the above.

It is a stripped-down title that has all the addictiveness of a Sim without the density. There are limited tactical options, from picking positions to selecting "players to watch". But there are no team talks, press briefings or lengthy transfer battles. It's Football Manager without the fuss.

The matches last eight minutes and cannot be skipped but they're (usually) engaging – tactical changes have a genuine and satisfying impact on proceedings – and playing them allows training cards to be awarded that can be combined to boost players' stats. More cards can be won by facing tougher opponents, but losing will bring down that all-important approval rating.

It may not be a title that will suit the football management connoisseur, but there's plenty to enjoy here for anyone seeking an entertaining, lighter take on the genre.

Powered by article was written by Chris Dring, for The Observer on Sunday 20th April 2014 00.04 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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