Title Premier Manager 3 Publisher Gremlin, 1994 Developers Realms of Fantasy Game Type Sport Players 1-2 HD Installable Yes Compatibility All Amigas Submission John Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review The third and last in the series it is without doubt also the best. A football management sim this game has taken all the good points from the previous installments, improved on those, and added new features. Graphically too the changes from PM2 are both welcome and larger than from PM1 to PM2. Whilst on the subject of graphics it should be pointed out that being a management game it is essentially a statistical numbers based game, so nice graphics are not too important to gameplay. The major gameplay improvement over the previous games is the inclusion of an assistant manager post on your staff. Once hired he can be given various tasks to perform (dependant on his grade) which relieve you of the tedium of doing everything yourself. Checking sponsorship and training players are amongst those tasks which to be honest one doesn't really want to get too involved with all the time. Once set he'll quietly get on with his tasks (which can be overridden by you) leaving you to concentrate on getting your team set up for the next match. However, there are some tasks which he can perform which I prefer to keep to myself as when he performs them it seems to cost you more it should (He can be somewhat over-zealous in his application). Setting up the team is another of this versions improvements - now allowing you to set up the team on a man by man basis and dictate who goes where when the ball is in each of the 12 areas into which the "set up" pitch is divided. At first this can be a bit of a pain as the setting up does take some time to get right and as you get better players etc. it does require tweeking. However, if you pay attention to this part at the start then it ultimately does pay dividends later. In the lower divisions you can get away with the same old formation week in week out but once you reach the higher divisions to get anywhere you really need to change formation to suit the opposition's mode of play. Though an English football league game you do have the opportunity to play (once you qualify that is!) in the various European cup competitions. Also at the start of each season you can arrange up to 4 friendly matches with top teams from most of the European leagues (4 from each league e.g Scotland = Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Aberdeen). This game is a statistic loving gamer's delight with enough numbers to keep them more than pleased whilst at the same time not becoming a burden as such stats do in other games of this ilk. Money, and the earning of it, is of course the thing that keeps the directors happy and yourself in a job. A sensible use of the transfer market can earn you enough profit from players sold each year to finance any required ground improvements, squad strengthening, etc. and still keep the taxman and the bank balance happy. Overall, a good solid footie management sim with just about every element one could wish for. Not a perfect game (but then none ever are). It's failings aren't so much in what is there being bad but more in what one would also wish to be added. There are quite a few similar management games around and I would lay this same critisism at each of their doors. For instance many prefer the actual option of being able to play the game also - something which this game doesn't offer - but if that's what you're after then shouldn't you be playing something like SWOS or one of the Kick Offs instead?