Baseball Superstars 2009 in Review – Animelicious + 1 Promo Code Giveaway!

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It is no small statement to say that sports games contribute largely to a console’s success. In Apple’s bid to legitimize their iDevice platform to the same level as their portable competitors, this is one area that is, unfortunately, severely lacking. With less than a handful of fully fleshed out sports games, any addition to the app store is a welcome one and a huge step forward in cementing the iPhone and iTouch as the gaming system it has the potential to be.

This is where Baseball Superstars 2009 (BBS2009 from here on out) comes in. It is easy to see how people can be skeptical, being that this game is a port from the world of mobile phones. Yet, this is a well thought out game that follows the baseball framework but also adds in a bit of flare as well. Once you get past the cutesy anime influenced graphics, you’ll find that Baseball Superstars will satisfy your craving for this sport.

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In what may be either a blessing or curse, the game has many modes of play. There are 5 options ranging from normal mode, to season mode, to even home-run mode. To unlock certain modes, you must create a batter and a pitcher in League mode. These players are used in these other modes. Interestingly enough, the more you play with them, the more money and skills you acquire. You can purchase items such as bats, gloves, hats, and more to help boost their stats. Also, in League mode, every few games you have the option of increasing morale or popularity an such through dates, photograph sessions, and so forth. This RPG-eque element enhances the gameplay.

In Season mode, you can also manage teams, trade players, switch positions, and participate in various events. It’s this level of detail that I’m beginning to really enjoy about this game, even though it may take somewhat longer to fully understand and appreciate the “extraneous” options. The ability to unlock super “hidden” players, the ability to see your player stats, the option of choosing a team that fits your playing style, all these considerations make BBS2009 a deep game.

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On top of porting a full baseball experience, Gamevil Inc. also did a fantastic job on translating the cellphone’s controls into an onscreen virtual touchpad. The controls sit unobtrusively in the corners and are extremely responsive. The only other game that utilizes this control scheme a well is Hero of Sparta. To be honest though, and much to add to my own shame, there are times where I still press the menu option instead of using the virtual touchpad. Using the touchpad, you are able to use 5 pitches, hit, bunt, steal bases, and so forth. All these actions are performed intuitively. Unfortunately, your control of the game ends after the pitch/bat and before the throw/steal. Your in-fielders and out-fielders move to their own accord. The only control you exert over them is where you want them to throw and if you want them to steal.

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If you’re ever lost, BBS009 also comes with a 30 page in-game help section. It covers almost all of the basics of the game. It is that comprehensive. However, it doesn’t mention anything on strategy.

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As for the actual gameplay, it takes me back to the good old NES days. The action is fast and fun. The depth of gameplay options is as much as you would find in a console game. Also, the graphics, while not updated, are well translated from the mobile phone platform to the iDevices. Some people may be off put by the price ($4.99), but what they receive is a deep, well executed Baseball game that currently has no comparison to it from any other App. If you like baseball, simply put, get this game.

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App Summary
Title:Baseball SuperstarsDeveloper:Gamevil USA Inc
Price:$4.99App Size:4.3 mb
  • Full baseball Experience
  • Great Controls
  • RPG Elements
  • No In/Out Fielder Control
  • May Be Too Cutesey for Some

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    To enter for a chance to win a promo code for Superstar Baseball 2009, simply submit a comment and tell us what your thoughts/impressions are of this baseball title after having read the review. All comments will be entered into a random draw on Feb 7th. Good Luck!

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  • Jade

    I think it is a well done app and certainly a good game for the genre, because, as you said there are not many sports games on the iPod/iPhone. It looks fun and certainly cute! I love the graphics on it! :D

  • Bob

    Awesome looking game and great review! :D

  • Matt

    Hah, that baseball game sure has cute graphics and looks quite fun. Yet another great review by touchmyapps :) .

  • Bobby

    iPhone def in need of some good sports game apps, so good to see that this one sounds more than playable + graphics look sweet too.

  • NedH

    I think it is the RPG elements and the details in season mode that really put this baseball game above the rest. Looks good.

  • Jane

    Definitely one of the best sports game out there. It is pretty addicting. Well worth checking it out if you haven’t.

  • Michael

    i really like the cutesy japanese-like graphics. looks fun

  • Blake

    Cool looking baseball game and great review!

  • cheeky

    this looks to be a game with more substance than usual iphone apps. i’m in dire need of a game that i won’t finish in a few days and delete after a week, something that’ll last longer than a month. from the review, it looks like this could be one.

  • Rob

    I love sports apps! This game definitely looks unique with its cute graphics and RPG elements. Thanks for the review!

  • Young

    I don’t need a code. I’m just saying that this is honestly a great game. It took me a bit to get used to the timing of it, but now, I actually find myself playing for at least 30 minute intervals pretty frequently. That’s a lot considering my ADD mindset.

  • Mark

    Wow, this game looks sweet. I love the graphics and customization of it. Can’t wait!

  • Corey R

    It reminds me of MLB power pros for the wii. I think it’s a great step for sports games on the ipod. Im interested in waiting for the price to drop whenever that will be. Thanks for the offer tma!

  • Jake

    Wow this game looks pretty good actually. Looks like you’re able to do a lot like the change the clothes on the players which is awesome. Thanks for the review, it’s great.

  • irene1975

    Thanks for the review. The palyers are small and cute. Look forward to playing this game.

  • akame

    This is the most polish and well-executed anime game i have ever seen for the iphone. The graphics and game controls are great! Thanks for this awesome review to let me know that this game existed.

  • John

    I’m very impressed by the looks of this app. It looks very polished and addictive with some great graphics. Sweet review!

  • jonesin

    This game seems alot better after reading the review. It actually seems to have alot of depth.

  • Jackson

    I think this game looks pretty good and seems to have pretty good depth from the looks of this review.

  • Nick

    I’m definitely liking the looks of this game. They should release a football version! I hope the game is as good as it looks.

  • Louis

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    Congrats to cheeky for winning the lucky draw for Baseball Superstars 2009 promo code. Enjoy this wicked sports game cheeky!

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

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