Football Manager Touch 2017 (Android) Review

By Brandon Howard 22.12.2016

Review for Football Manager Touch 2017 on Android

While the FIFA series has always offered a more hands-on approach to football matches, the Football Manager series takes a very behind the scenes stance. As the head coach, there's tons of information to consider when going into a match. Which players are best for each position? Which tactics work best against the opponent? What does team morale look like? Football Manager Touch 2017 offers all that information at the press of, well, several buttons.

After creating an avatar that serves as the head coach of a real-life team, Football Manager Touch 2017 displays literally every possible metric a new head coach would wish to know. Player stats, information regarding match tactics, training, player transfers and more are all easily accessible. There's a massive amount of depth to the information available, so reviewing it all can be a somewhat daunting task, yet one that some sectors of the gaming community will absolutely relish.

Screenshot for Football Manager Touch 2017 on Android

One of the most noticeably questionable design choices, though, is the lack of any sort of intuitive layout or overall design in terms of the interface. The menus don't tab in and out easily, and the in-match menus are an absolute mess to navigate during a high-pressure game. There's so much to keep track of, and the menus do not make on the fly changes easy. While there is a pause system that can be used to slow down the pace of the matches, it still doesn't feel natural to use, at least right at first.

The matches themselves are impressively rendered for a mobile title. Team-mates move and act much like someone would expect from a regular football title. It's not console levels of detail, but it's a nice interface for viewing the progress of each competitive fixture. It's frequently broken up by menus and charts, and it serves as more of a highlight for actual goals, but it definitely adds some flavour while adjusting team strategies.

Screenshot for Football Manager Touch 2017 on Android

It's really interesting to see all the different metrics that a coach can use to impact the flow through team management, and having control of all of those is definitely a different experience. It's kind of mind-boggling right off the bat, and it's not really an experience that is the friendliest for newcomers. Eventually, however, a comfortable rhythm can be reached, but it's definitely rough going for a while.

The one, extremely pressing, issue is the frequent updates the app seems to require. In just a week of using the app, it went through over three updates, each taking over twenty minutes to complete. Opening the game takes quite a while, too, and matches can take ages to load in and out of. Along with frequent bugs and random crashes, it's not a super steady experience, and one that doesn't feel suited to portability.

Screenshot for Football Manager Touch 2017 on Android

As a side note, injuries can be treated through in-app purchases, but that honestly just feels lazy. On top of the existing price tag for the title, the in-game purchases feel a little absurd. They aren't necessary to succeed, especially as the team's funds grow with repeated success, but it's hard to feel good about a mechanic like this in a paid game. Throw in the fact that a large sector of the Android community will struggle to get this to even work on their devices, and although Football Manager Touch 2017 may not have given away a penalty, it certainly has done one too many niggling challenges and picked up a yellow card.

Screenshot for Football Manager Touch 2017 on Android

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

While some of the choices behind Football Manager Touch 2017 are a little strange, it's a little awe-inspiring how much information is at your disposal. It's not as accessible as might be hoped, especially considering the massive updates it regularly needs, but the sheer attention to detail is extremely impressive. While it's definitely not welcoming to new players, it's kind of addictive after the initial shock wears off and more options start to open up. Mechanically minded football fans will definitely want to check this out.

Developer

Sports Interactive

Publisher

SEGA

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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