It’s been difficult since the World Cup ended. There are other sports, but let’s face it, nothing compares to the thrill of some fleet footed smuggery from Neymar or a bit of light cannibalism from Suarez.
Luckily, Nintendo feel the same, and have given you the chance to take your own team to glory with Nintendo Pocket Football Club.
Nintendo Pocket Football Club is essentially the Sensible Soccer of management sims, down to the minimalist art style and more simplistic gameplay. Simplistic doesn’t mean worse though. While other magament sims get a bit spreadsheet, Nintendo Pocket Football Club keeps things light and playful, and it has a good senseof humour. Basically what happens is the manager (you) takes control of a team and during practice, he observes the team and where they’re messing up (sometimes quite humourously. Every time he does this, a playing card comes up. Between matches, you can then use these playing cards to level up your squad and train them to be better, meaning you can train up an Emile Heskey into a Lionel Messi. Potentially. Team need a bit of a break? A bath card will come up. Players slow on the uptake? A sprint card will pop up. Players kung fu kicking fans after being sent off? A PR friendly autograph signing card comes up.
Of course, along with all that is the usual transfer shenanigans you get with all management sims, but with a cartoony face to the proceedings.
Before you know it, a quick 20-minute go turns into a 3-hour session. It’s an addictive little blighter, and perfect for tube and train journeys.
You can’t skip through matches that are being played, but they’re actually fun to watch, and it’s fun watching your fans react positively or negatively to your teams triumphs and failures.
There’s potentially god knows how many hours of gameplay here, as you take your team (we called ours Turok FC, after the ace N64 games which involved you shooting the living heck out of dinosaurs) to championship glory. All in the palm of your hands too (if you’re smart enough to have a 3DS), for barely over a tenner. Sounds good to us.