iPhone App of the Week: CM Legends 1980s
Appalling crowd violence, pitches that would bog down a shire horse, and John Fashanu: there was a lot wrong with 1980s football. Yet, proper fans still look back at the era of terracing, Terry Gibson and tight shorts with little but fondness – and CM 1980s Legends delivers nostalgia by the physio’s bucketful.
The Championship Manager series has long been the poor relation of Sports Interactive’s Football Manager on the PC – but within the limited scope of the iPhone, CM still delivers an enjoyable commuter-sized romp. It wisely dispenses with the complexity of its PC brethren: there are no in-depth training routines, pan-European scouting missions, or pages of player stats to pore over. You largely pick your team (only two subs, remember), tweak your formation and do your best to persuade Newcastle to sell you a youthful Paul Gascoigne.
Match sequences are blissfully short – only two or three minutes per game – although the 2D overhead match engine is erratic. Players seem to dribble into goal-scoring positions, only to deliver a suicidal 50-yard pass back into their own box, for example, and the frequency of long-range banana shots is a lot higher than we recall witnessing on The Match with Elton Welsby.
But let none of this temper the sheer, unalloyed joy of managing the Cottee/McAvennie partnership; of recreating the legendary Arsenal back-four by plucking Winterburn, Dixon et al from the near-obscurity of Wimbledon and Stoke; of harking back to an era when Kerry Dixon was considered lethal.
Eidos further ramps up the nostalgia by interspersing authentic news reel of Prince Andrew’s wedding or the news of A-ha splitting up into the game. In short, it’s a wonderful blast of old-school football, delivered at a price (£1.79) cheaper than a Commodore 64 bargain bucket title. And for those who like their football with a longer vintage, there’s a 1970s version too.
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