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Developer: Eidos Interactive
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Distilling a sport as potentially complex as Cricket is a tricky task. Big Cup Cricket does away with excessive complications, instead focusing on what makes the sport so much fun. It’s the sort of arcade sports game that will be as much fun for fans as it is for newbies to the Cricketing world.

I’ll assume, and hopefully not be too patronising in such an assumption, that cricket is a mystery to many readers here. Think of it as like baseball as it kind of is. There are a few slight rule differences (I’ll admit to only knowing the basics) but mostly it’s quite similar. Two sides take it in turns to bat and bowl/pitch. Hit the ball out of the stadium and you get more runs. What do runs make? Victory! That’s about all you need to know with Big Cup Cricket – score more runs than the other guy.

You see that’s just how simple Big Cup Cricket is to get into. It takes a little while to master but it’s immediately accessible. Nearly everything is controlled through a matter of sweeping movements across the touch screen. A series of tutorials teaches you the finer nuances. When batting for instance, different strokes can make all the difference depending on how the ball is bowled at you. When bowling, you can throw curve balls which take a little practice but work very well. Fielding is not quite as intricate but it does require some accurate taps on the screen if you want to jump for the ball in time.

In each case, the tutorials explain it so well that you instantly feel capable of succeeding. This is perhaps the only downside to Big Cup Cricket. It’s not as challenging as it could be, even on the highest difficulty Cup game. There’s a Showdown option where you compete against a random team, it’s typically quite easy to win at. The Cup options are a bit more of a challenge but nothing that a little bit of perseverence won’t fix. It’s perhaps the multiplayer that offers the most competition but I struggled to find anyone to play against. A shame as it looks very well implemented thanks to Game Center.

I truly enjoyed Big Cup Cricket. Its control system is spot on, consistently accurate and makes the game a joy to play. The Cups, although a little easy to complete, are still very satisfying to play through. You’ll find yourself regularly returning to it, whether it be for a quick inning or a whole match. It’s quite clearly the best cricket game on the App Store so far.

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