Developer: Moonshark
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Keeping it light and airy, Baseball Battle isn’t a baseball simulator by any means. You don’t have to worry about grabbing bases, just the pure unadulterated fun of pitching and batting. It’s nothing exceptional, but it is an easy game to dive into from time to time.

baseball4Playing via friends or random opponents, you take it in turns to pitch and bat. Controls are actually quite similar in both cases, but they’re pretty good. You pull back the bat in preparation to swing, before swiping to initiate that swing. It’s possible to change the trajectory by moving around, potentially affecting your chances for maximum points.

When pitching it’s a similar process, but with a swipe towards the plate to fling the ball. Pitching also offers up the perils of missing the plate, with a reticule allowing you to line up the shot the best you can. Expect plenty of Balls until you get the hang of it. Alongside that are a series of power-ups making things a little easier, including the likes of curveballs to really confuse your opponent.

baseball1Each game is pretty short, with one round of each type of play before the option to rematch, so it often doesn’t take long to finish – even while waiting for your opponent to take their turn. You earn coins for each game, even if you lose, with these allowing you to buy new equipment and clothing items. They make a subtle difference to your skill levels, but most of all they’re cute to collect. You can also upgrade your stadium, adding some sense of progression even if it is a tad meaningless.

Baseball Battle isn’t the kind of game you’ll be raving about for months to come, but it is a pleasant distraction and easy to lose yourself in for a few minutes throughout the day. For those looking for a mindless and simple baseball distraction, you could do a lot worse than looking here.


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