Derby Manager: Horse Racing Meets Micromanagement

Price: Free

Derby Manager: iPhone App Written Review

Derby Manager for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we very much like micromanagement games. You know the type: The sort of game where you start with essentially nothing and then, through hard work and a lot of luck, end up owning the world. All in all, it’s one of the most exciting genres on iOS today, which leads us to today’s recommendation, Derby Manager by developer Dreambrother. The app is free, incredibly in-depth, and offers more than enough horse racing action to keep us engaged and interested for many commutes to come. For our full review, simply scroll on down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, most games within the micromanagement genre share a lot of similarities. So what is it that makes Derby Manager cooler? To begin with, the app is about horse racing. You’ll get to purchase, raise, breed, feed and otherwise manage your very own ponies, which will compete in actual races against other opponents. Using your online account, you’ll actually get to race other owners, too, which is nice. So in essence, you can plan to spend a lot of time buying the latest and greatest toy, gadget or device to keep your prize steer winning races.

But there’s more! Along the way you get to bet on other races, which is a tremendous way to make money. Get to know your friends, and you can rely on their horses to start winning games. Use that money to invest in your stables, bettering your own stock by purchasing in-race items to help you along. The possibilities are just about endless, which means you can easily spend hours upon hours playing the game and advancing through the ranks. Derby Manager is seriously one of the most complex titles in the genre we’ve ever seen, which puts it pretty high up on our list.

Design and Graphics

Derby Manager for iPhone

Derby Manager for iPhone

Overall, we haven’t got too much to complain about with the app’s graphics, either! Some of the English is a bit awkward, but not so much that we could’t focus on the gameplay. Likewise, some of the menus, pop-ups and buttons were a little rough around the edges, but overall, we were impressed. The in-race graphics and general layout of the game’s items is stellar, meaning you’ll hardly notice the issues for all the benefits.

Overall Value

Derby Manager fits very well into the freemium model of gameplay, arriving as a free title that can be fleshed out through actual cash later. We don’t mind, though, as we’re fairly convinced you could play Derby Manager for days without ever needing to consider spending money on in-game items. As such, the game is certainly still a value, and we would easily recommend it to anyone who likes this genre of iOS application.

Derby ManagerDerby Manager requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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