Bundesliga Manager Hattrick is a German football (soccer) management simulation, the sequel to Bundesliga Manager Professional. The player or players (up to four) take the reigns of their favourite teams and try to lead them to both sportive and economical success.
For example, you can take out loans, invest money in real estate, buy new players, send them to training camps, strike advertisement deals, expand your stadium, select training methods and decide upon tatics and formation.
The latter two can still be modified as required during matches which are presented in a new "realitymode", one of bigger changes from previous installments of the series. Instead of just seeing a pre-calculated textual representation of the match, little pixelated player now move around the field and you can see where the ball is going and adopt your strategy accordingly.
Football Limited, made by Software 2000, is one of the rarest football games ever made.. It's an intriguing game that came out back in 1995 when football manager genre was still somewhat of a novelty. It will certainly bring back memories of countless hours spent in perfecting your team.
An important thing to note is that Footbal Limited carries the true feel and essence of a soccer management game, something that can rarely be found in today's games. It has also been thought out carefully and as a result the gameplay integrity is exceptionally high, encouraging you to keep on playing for hours.
If you want to do a good job with managing your team, you will have to keep track of a whole lot of statistics. Scheduling training sessions is also an integral part, as well as managing your real estate, investing in shares and taking care of youth development. Match presentation is very nice (reminds me a bit of "The Manager") and the game runs fast and smooth. Considering that it's a good old DOS game, it makes a remarkably good use of the mouse. Football Limited is for those of you that feel Championship Manager takes everything to a level that's just too serious. So, if you got a PC you're about to put in the trash can, install Football Limited on it instead, and have some good old fashioned fun!
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 Premier Manager 3. 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 funnier to play a game, that has been thought carefully about and worked with - it ends in a very high game integrity, which encourage you to play on. This kind of game is Football Limited. 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 have wanted to postpone the World Cup =)) and you feel that you start a career and is participating in awakening a sleeping giant. You want to do a good job and to do 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 highscore 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/old machine you're about to throw away, install it on that one and have some old school fun =)
All of the above in no particular order and without going into any detail whatsoever, so finally: 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 search and try; Perhaps you'll get lucky." Recommended!
People who downloaded Football Limited (a.k.a. Bundesliga Manager Hattrick) have also downloaded:
Bundesliga Manager Hattrick AGA, ANSTOSS 3: Der Fußballmanager, Total Football Management (a.k.a. Bundesliga Manager 97), Football Glory, Bundesliga Manager Professional, FIFA: Road to World Cup 98, Football Fanatic, FIFA Soccer Manager
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