This is a modified post from TheAppEra
Baseball Superstars is the first baseball game on the iDevice that has caught my attention. Apart from the SGN free game, iBaseball, there was really nothing any good in the baseball sector until Baseball Superstars 2009 came out. There is now 9 Innings: Pro Baseball and MLB Word Series 2009 out. This game doesn’t give the real MLB feel but is a very good cartoon version of the game. With Flick Baseball coming for probably $0.99, I am sure you are wondering why you shouldn’t just wait for that? Well basically this game has weeks on end of playing to get through it all. Add the fact that it has a very addicting gameplay.
This game has 10 competitive teams to play with, 4 unique stadiums to play on, 5 different game modes to master, 3 difficulty levels for your own level of skill and 12 hidden players to choose from (more on this later)! As you can see from all the variations in the game, you will be playing with it for a long time. I have had it for over 50 days and am still playing it daily.
There is a single game mode where you choose your team and your opposition and play 9 innings or more if need be. This mode is the only one where you bat for every player and also pitch the whole time. Great practice for beginners. There is a season mode where you choose your team and play through a season of 36 games to try and win the championship. I don’t really know why this is an option as the Career mode is far better and plays on the same principal.
Career mode is where you will mostly be playing. You create a character and play through his whole career starting out as a lowly skilled batter or pitcher. You can’t be both. You need to work your way up to 16 seasons. You get to buy new equipments for your that improve his stats as well as train him and go to events like dates and interviews to get more money and popularity. This is a lot of fun and is really the only mode I have given much play time with. You can have one batter and one pitcher in career mode at one time, but I mostly play with my batter as it is quick and easy to play matches.
The next mode is a home-run mode where you have nine balls to get as many home runs as possible, and extras if you get combos of more than one home run in a row. This mode is really only to get G-Points to get special upgrades for your career player and to unlock special characters.
The last mode is mission mode where you complete Batting and Pitching missions to again earn G-Points for your player.
The game uses nothing apart from an onscreen controller that is designed specifically for Baseball Superstars. They aren’t in the way of the game and are easy to use. On the left of the screen, there is a d-pad for the menu and for moving your player or ball when batting and pitching. On the right side there is a large button for hitting the ball, a button for canceling a run, one for bunting the ball and a button for running another base if the player has stopped/special powers hit. These don’t take long to get the hang of and are really needed for a game like this.
This game screams out mobile port which it exactly is. Knowing that it was ported means I’m not going to be as harsh as I would be with this game. In my previous review on iFoneReviews I said this “The graphics are certainly cute and are good for the cartoon baseball feel, but they are a bit pixelated. I would have like to seen a bit more of a change between the mobile and iDevice version but they are still nice to look at.” After reviewing the game, Gamevil has responded to this and totally revamped the graphics, providing a greater experience as well as a slight gameplay change. This change is that the batting and pitching is further away from the screen.
This game has alot of sound effects and in-game music to listen to, but I didn’t really enjoy it. While they put a lot of work into everything, there is a few parts which I disliked. First of all, everytime you touch the screen a very annoying beep is made. The sounds would be much more tolerable without the beeping noise.
This is a super fun game. I really enjoyed playing this game as it is quick and easy to play quick matches, but it can also hook you for a whole season or two. For those a bit skeptical about the game there is a lite version to try, but I would go straight for the full version at $2.99. It is worth it!
I would recommend this game if you enjoyed- 9 Innings Pro Baseball
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