Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Topps Bunt is an extremely simplified fantasy baseball game. Users get a pack of 9 player cards that form their team, and then their performances get points, which accumulate for the user, with the goal being to ultimately try and rise up the leaderboards. Unlike fantasy baseball, there's not one central pool of players, so one user can't have a certain player that no one else has. In fact, it's even possible to have multiples of one card by doing one-to-one trades for cards.
The game's structure means that it's not particularly skill-based; getting a good draw with the initial pack of cards and then hopefully finding some willing trade partners appears to be the ultimate key to success, as well as not getting players who wind up being in the minor leagues. I would like if the Oakland A's would call Brad Peacock up to the majors because otherwise he's languishing on my roster doing nothing. And there's really nothing that I can do about it because I can only get rid of him via trade, and who's rightfully going to trade for him?
Topps Bunt is a unicorn in the world of the App Store though, in that it's completely free. Not "free with in-app purchases" but free. Just try and spend money in this game – it's not possible! It's actually kind of refreshing. Don't worry that much about getting a late start on the season, as leaderboards tracking from when the user starts playing the game are available. The interface is nicely attuned for the iPad, and the player cards are designed to give the game a consistently crisp feel to go along with the user avatar artwork of the game. Who says bears can't play fantasy baseball? The whole list of players is also available, and viewable as a card sheet; each card has amusing anecdotes about players to go along with their photo and recent stats.
Ultimately, Topps Bunt won't satisfy those looking for a deep fantasy baseball experience; this is more for a casual player who just wants to get some players and check in occasionally, or for children who like baseball and want to browse cards of the various players.