Baseball Slugger Home Run Race 3D is the only place where hitting 50 consecutive home runs will not lead to suspicions of performance enhancing drugs. But what it does lead to is a finely crafted game by developer Com2uS Corp. Whether or not you are a baseball fan really does not matter. This game can be enjoyed by anyone willing to pick it up and start playing. Once you do, you’ll find simple controls to master and online play that’ll have you fighting to grab bragging rights over other players, both friend and stranger alike.
In golf, there is the hole-in-one. In basketball, the last-second game-winning shot. In baseball, it’s the home run. As sports fans can attest, these acts of greatness never get old. Every experience is unique and as good as the one before. Thus, with Baseball Sluggers your ultimate goal is to hit a boatload of home runs. How is that accomplished? No, don’t say steroids. A simple tilt of your iDevice to properly locate your bat and finally, a tap of a finger on the screen is all it takes. With practice, you will fulfill achievements which will garner you “gold balls”, but sadly, not a $150 million. With these at your disposal, you can purchase upgrades (better shoes, bat, uniform, etc) that will boost your power and/or contact. Don’t like the appearance of your player? No problem! You can also purchase a new hairdo and even eye wear.
Baseball Sluggers features four game modes. My favorite by far is Matchup mode. Here, you’ll be able to play online with friends and strangers if you like. During a match your opponents’ progress is displayed at the top-right of your screen. Though it can be very distracting, it definitely adds to the thrill and excitement of playing online. Playing with a buddy is simple. Just add his player name and voila! Hours will pass you by in the wink of an eye. Get ready for the dreaded “Low-battery: 20% of battery remaining” pop-up message because this game is so fun, it will take you right out of the real world – no exaggeration. Among all the games I have played on the iDevice, Baseball Slugger grabs my attention best.
Arcade Mode is where you try to accumulate as many home runs and base-hit combinations as possible. Fouls and strikes equal one out, and reaching ten ends the game. Once in a while, a “special” ball will be thrown. If they are hit for home runs, you earn rewards in the form of a multiplied score or a reduction to the number of outs you currently have. Each home run can earn you varying amounts of points. Hitting poles and billboards, consecutive home runs, 500+ feet bombs, home runs to all three sections of the outfield, and calling your shots can really add up points quickly to your score. But be prepared! The level of difficulty progressively gets tougher, with faster and varied pitches. A 75-mph knuckle ball after seeing a 99-mph fastball? Almost impossible to hit.
Thirdly, there is Classic Mode which follows the conventions of a standard home-run derby. Only home runs count and you still have ten outs to work with. The pitches are entirely fastballs making it quite easy to make consistent contact. The only special balls that will be thrown are the gold balls and come when there are nine outs remaining. Classic is less challenging and consequently, not as thrilling.
Last of the four, is Training Mode. With no pressure to hit all the pitches you see for home runs, you have the opportunity to specify the type of pitcher to practice against. That side arm pitcher got you completely lost? No, problem. That knuckle ball is giving you trouble? Have a couple of whacks at it. Training Mode will likely be played very infrequently as the game’s learning curve makes it possible for you to simply jump right in and start playing. But if you don’t get the hang of it, it will always be there for you to try out.
With the recent update, a major user interface change was put in place. Text is clearer and the main menu was completely rearranged; colors seem much darker and bolder than the previous version. Though game-play footage itself does not appear to have changed much, it was pretty stellar already.
One complaint about the game is the game’s sound which leaves some room for desire. For one, the naggingly cheery crowd quickly gets repetitive. The good news? You can listen to your iDevice’s music if you wish. On the subject of repetition, there is only one stadium to hit in and there is no option to switch to an alternative location. Playing in parks with the outfield fences being farther or closer would make the game more enjoyable. Another area that needs to be polished up is customizability options for your player; in Baseball Slugger there are no females and no lefties. Lastly, earning gold balls can be quite difficult. For example, one achievement requires you to reach 5,000 home runs and another 10,000. By the time you even hit 5,000 home runs, the likelihood of continued gameplay is pretty low.
At the current price of $0.99, Baseball Slugger is one hell of a value. You can expect to play the game for hours into the night as the intensity of its addiction is omnipresent. Frustration from an inability to grasp how to handle the controls is unlikely. With online play, you will then lose count of the number of times you recharge your battery after extended periods of gameplay. With future updates likely to come soon, the minor wrinkles in this splendid game hopefully will be ironed out. If you haven’t gotten the game by now, I would advise you to do so.
|Title:||Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D (v1.1)||Developer:||Com2uS Corp|
|Price:||$0.99||App Size:||27.6 MB|
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