Cycling Manager 4

Format: PC
Digital Jesters

3 512289 008402
Age Restrictions: 3+
09 July 2004

Take on the cream of the cycling world with your own team of riders. Manage training and expenses throughout the season and go for glory in six new championships that take place around the world. Discover the strategies needed to win and destroy the competition on race day...

I may be stating the obvious here, but Cycling Manager 4 is not going to appeal to everyone. This is a very niche market product. So, for that reason alone, very few people are likely to pick this up by accident. Which makes reviewing this game all the more tricky. If I wasn't keen on this genre of game, then my review will reflect that this is a bad game - when in fact it could be a good game, but just not my kind of thing.

To be honest, I've never been overly keen on "manager" style games, but there is something about this product which is addictive. Cycling Manager 4 is claimed to be the ultimate racing challenge. Every race is presented in 3D as the pack swoop past detailed European landscapes.

The game allows you to manage all aspects of training, expenses and the execution of race tactics. For the first few races I didn't have a clue what was going on and it was luck, rather than tactics, that stopped me from coming in last place in every race. But, once I figured out what I was supposed to be doing, there was something incredibly satisfying about soaring past the opposition in order to take first place (not that I ever manager to stay there for very long).

Given a few more hours hard work, and I'm sure that I will be beating the opposition to at least finish a few races in first position, and that's part of the fun of this game. It's also one of the reasons that you'll be coming back to it time and time again.

Pete Boomer

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