_Heimspiel: Handballmanager 2008_ is a managerial simulation of the sport
handball where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial
success of his team. It is practically the same game as Heimspiel:
Eishockymanager 2007 and plays very similar to typical German soccer managers.
Through the menu bar on the left side of the screen the player reaches the
menus where he sets all the options which influence the team’s future. On the
financial side he buys and sells players, searches for sponsors, expands the
stadium and its surroundings, speculates with stocks or bets on the league’s
results. On the athletic side he sets the training, the lineup, the tactics,
plans special appointments like team parties or looks after the youth teams.
Depending on his successes the player receives experience points which are
used to improve his abilities, e.g. training. He also has the possibility to
plan personal events, e.g. a press conference, to improve his reputation with
management and fans. The matches are a basically presented with a text mode
where all interesting match situations are describes in words. Optionally the
player can also watch pre-calculated match scenes which get shown during key
Besides the five difficulty levels the player can use additional options to
make the game easier or harder, e.g. disable layoffs or granting unlimited
funds. Unlike other managers the player don’t has to employee assistants if he
wishes to hand certain responsibilities, e.g. lineup or tactics, to the AI; he
can access these functions for free. The game features 12 European leagues and
a tutorial assists novice players.