Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Price: Free
Version: 1.3.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Baseball season officially started on Sunday, which means there are many new games and apps available for sports fanatics to download. One of which is Konami’s officially licensed title, MLB Dream Nine Mobile. It’s a baseball simulation game where players work hard to build the best dream team possible.

Game energy is displayed in the form of fiery baseballs in the upper left corner of the screen. Each of these balls disappears as games are played, but these energies can be recovered every hour or when gamers level up.

Tapping on the game button at the bottom of the screen gives players two options: world match and friend match. World match puts players against others around the world and friend match is for games with other users who are added as friends. Each game is played with partners that are selected from the friend list.

Simply tap through the screen as combos are played to make it through all the innings. The results at the end show stats and the potential of players sometimes increase which gives the baseball players better abilities. A new player is guaranteed at the end of each game, and occasionally scouts appear to provide even more players for gamers to choose. There are over 600 MLB players with official stats to collect.

Playing games earns bonuses to upgrade the team. It’s essential to not only have these upgrades, but to perfect the battling order to create combos and trade and sell players to customize the roster in order to win more games. There are the dreaded in-app purchases for those who are impatient and they range from $0.99 to a whopping $39.99.

MLB Dream Nine Mobile also includes league games where teams participate in a dream nine and register for a league. The games are conducted at regular times where weekday games form the regular season and weekend games are post- season. Teams can be promoted or regulated based on results. Additionally, there are missions to complete which are objectives that earn rewards once completed.

While MLB Dream Nine Mobile sounds fun at first, it didn’t hold my interest for long. In addition to many server errors (since it is only an online game), I faced a lot of down time when my energy was spent. I also found things to be quite confusing at times. For instance, I couldn’t figure out a way to see all the players collected for the season.

It’s not necessarily a bad game for baseball fanatics, but it could do more to make the simulation part interesting. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it’s completely free to try for those who think they might enjoy it. Gamers can also try it on Facebook and battle it out with their friends.

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