I started playing a browser game a few weeks ago named IGP manager. I used to play F1 manager games years ago, and after messing about with the castrol grand prix predictor and doing quite well with TheJudge13 blogs crew, I fancied playing another racing manager game, so had a look round google. The only one paid game I found had appalling reviews, until I found IGP manager, which was a free browser based game that seemed to have some really positive stuff said about it. It was an online multiplayer game, which I was a bit unsure about, but it was free to play, so I figured what did I have to loose?
I joined a beginners test league, with about 20 players running a single car each, with only two races left in their current season. I set my team up did all the design and strategy stuff, and by luck or good judgement got two 8th places in my first two races, netting me some cash and xp. Since then, I have practically become addicted, its something I can ponder endlessly, yet it me takes me 20 minutes every couple of days to actually do. That is of course, unless I watch the races live, which of course is now compulsory! I’m not sure what it is that makes manager style games so addictive, but the fine balance of managing your finance, choosing your staff and implementng ideas, then getting to test them out against other individuals is incredibly enthralling. In my third race this year with a little luck and a risky strategy I managed my first race win had me bouncing in my chair, beating a computer was good, beating 19 other players was fantastic, and easily as exciting as watching ‘real’ live sports.
I am seriously considering upgrading to a yearly subscription of £29, just to get access to some of the extra live race features, and livery designer.
IGP manager, its free, what have you got to loose?