Football Manager Classic review – as hugely enjoyable on tablet as it was on PC

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The football season is drawing to a close and without the joys of a World Cup or European Championship fans could be left with a barren two months with nothing to do but head out into a British summer.

But fear not. Sports Interactive has come to the rescue. After years of slimmed-down, portable Football Manager, finally a fully fledged iteration arrives on the iPad. FM Classic, as its name suggests, was a mode introduced to appeal to old-school fans who didn’t fancy delving quite as deeply into this most addictive, and complex, management simulation.

It proved a hit and so here it’s replicated to a T, but on a touchscreen. The 3D match engine is present and correct, as are the meticulously detailed options that have always defined this archetypal management simulation. Some of the loading screens can be a bit sluggish, and the amount of text on the screen can make selections imprecise at times, but it’s still a hugely enjoyable time-sink. Nothing is more rewarding than spending days leading a team from non-league to European glory, and now there’s the added bonus of being able to do it in the glorious outdoors. But, well, with that British summer, just make sure you have an umbrella handy.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Toby Moses, for The Observer on Monday 4th May 2015 07.29 Europe/London

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