One of the rarest football games ever made, Football Limited by Software 2000 (released as Bundesliga Manager Hattrick in Germany) deserves to be much better known. Daniel Henriksen at Soccer Games Homepage says it all about why football fans should take notice: |
"It's a nice little game and if this review was written when the game was released, I'd rate it very high. Trying a game like this brings back memories of months with Premier Manager 3 and Ultimate Soccer Manager 2. Darn! Time flies.
Thinking back on Premier Manager 3 before wasn't just the fruit of my melancholic journey, as the main screen reminds me of its. What I remember of it, anyway. And it's worth noticing that Football Limited has the true essence and feel of a soccer management game, something that I really miss in quite a few games today. A lot of games are almost wrapped in this okay-let's-get-it-over-with attitude and that's a shame -- (the game can be fun. True; the second is not always the consequence of the first) -- but it has always been more fun to play a game that has been thought carefully about and worked on. That results in a very high level of integrity, which encourages you to play on. Football Limited is this kind of game. It has a lot of options (without thinking much about what a manager *really* should be doing). BTW, it's the first game I've seen where you can postpone matches... I wonder, though, if it ever will be used. Zidane injured: bet France would want to postpone the World Cup =)) ...and you feel that you've starting a career and are participating in awakening a sleeping giant. You want to do a good job and to help you in doing this you got a lot of statistics, training (+ training camp, some games seems to forget this 'power booster' or 'injury booster' if you're unlucky), you can dig into real estate, invest in shares (like Director of Football), youth development, there's a pool/betting feature, a manager hi-score table, a fair (from a 1995 point of view) match presentation (reminds me a bit of the one in Football World Manager 2000) and the game runs blazingly fast, so you might want to slow down your machine. And considering that it's a good old DOS game that can't utilize popup windows, it makes remarkable good use of the mouse. If you got an old notebook or normal machine you're about to throw away, install it on that one and have some old school fun =)
All of the above was in no particular order and without going into any detail whatsoever, but to summarize: This game is for those who think Championship Manager takes it all just a bit too serious and just want to have fun. Because of the graphics and sounds, I doubt a lot of you would really consider playing this game, but try it yourself; Perhaps you'll like it after all." Recommended!
Reviewed by: Underdogs