Glu has announced that later this week they plan to launch Tap Sports Baseball. The game incorporates real players and baseball strategy in a turn-based, one-touch control system.
Tap Sports Baseball lets you play against your friends in multiple games on Facebook simultaneously. You can even develop your dream team with draft picks, signing free agents, and strategically upgrading your team!
Tap Sports Baseball will be coming to the App Store soon, so keep an eye out.
Bush League is, on its surface, a curious game: it’s essentially a baseball take on Puzzle Quest, featuring crude parodies of famous players and figures around the sport, using performance-enhancing drugs that serve as the game’s special powers. But it’s the creator of the game that is particularly noteworthy. Dirk Hayhurst is a former baseball player who’s become an author of several best-selling books about his life in baseball and some of the things that fans don’t necessarily see about the culture. He’s also become a provocative analyst, and was part of the post-game show on TBS for the 2013 MLB playoffs. And now he’s a game developer, and he took the time to talk to me about this baseball parody he’s helped to create.
The genesis of Bush League came about when Hayhurst noticed that “There’s no good baseball game out there that kind of trolls baseball. You have all these scandals every year, but you never to seem to have a game that has all these players and all the drama they get into. And it’s such a big thing right now in Major League Baseball to get caught using steroids, right? I thought, why can’t we just make a game where you have to use steroids to win, and just troll the entire industry? I’m kind of like a black sheep of the baseball world anyways, and I always have kind of shown the other side of it, I thought, this is a great premise for a video game. Let’s make Candy Crush with steroids.”
The hook to Bush League is in the way that it tries to parody baseball. Famous players and other figures around the sport both past and present are the opponents that populate the game, and their personalities and dialogue make light of things that, say, MLB: The Show or RBI Baseball 14 would never touch.
Hayhurst’s unafraid to make fun of situations that he was involved in. There’s one character, Purcey Tweeps, who parodies David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hayhurst criticized Price’s performance after a playoff game he lost, and Price insulted Hayhurst’s playing career and said “SAVE IT NERDS.”. Purcey in the game makes reference to social media and to the nerds comment. Everything is a bit crude and over-the-top, but meant to, as Hayhurst says, “troll baseball” and “[service] that idea that baseball takes itself too seriously and needs a good mocking every now and then just to keep things even.”
While Hayhurst financed the development of the game and his name is on it, he didn’t just slap his name on it – he played an active role in development. “I was in charge of the art direction, the music direction… all the powers, I had to nest all the AI development, I had to decide the way it was going to look, the way it was going to feel, I had a say in all of that. At times I frustrated the guy doing the code, but it was a learning experience. And so there were things that I learned taking a shot at making a game that I never would have learned had I pursued a degree.” Hayhurst says he realized his strengths were “the writing, and designing the characters and how the game should feel, and my coder had his strengths, which was taking all these wild ideas I had, parsing them down, teaching me the ropes, and making them work in the actual game.
Hayhurst doesn’t want Bush League to be a static product either: he wants to, over time, update the game to incorporate other notorious events and scandals as characters and powers. He says he would love to tackle other sports in a similar way.
But given that he’s created this media career for himself, is Hayhurst afraid of the blowback that could come from this parody of the sport and its players that he’s created? He says “I don’t think of the church of baseball as some holy sacrament that everyone has to be reverential to, especially guys like me that didn’t have long careers. This kind of stuff deserves to get picked on a little bit, because it’s quite ridiculous when you think about it. I have always done that. And I understand because I’m in the sports entertainment field, I’m criticizing the sports entertainment field. I’m not criticizing these individual players, I’m criticizing the Franken-player that we’ve made out of them by knowing very little about who they are and taking what we know publicly and hyping it up, and turning it into something it isn’t. That is what I’ve always done, and that’s what got me on TBS and ultimately keep it from it at some point, but that’s who I am, and that’s the style that I like to work in.”
Thanks to Dirk Hayhurst for his time. Bush League is available now.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
R.B.I. Baseball, known as the most popular Baseball game to ever be released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, has received a reboot via the modern smartphone. The original game licensed players from the MLB, and the same is true for R.B.I. Baseball 14, which features 480 of the current lineup of players. You can play the game, with visuals just slightly better than its predecessor, in a variety of modes including season, postseason, and exhibition.
The game features all 30 MLB teams, and you can play an entire 9-inning game in just 20 minutes. It also features easy-to-use “classic” controls, allowing you to control the game with what is basically just two buttons. The game is also very realistic, featuring players whose appearance and abilities are based on real stats. Finally, there is unlockable in-game content such as legacy jerseys that you can unlock by playing season mode.
You can get R.B.I. Baseball 14 on the App Store for $4.99.
Posted by Stephen Hall on April 4th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hit MLB trading card game BUNT from Topps is a fun way to collect, trade, and play cards with what the company calls the “best baseball card collecting community in the world.” The game has a wide variety of features, including real-time valuation, strategic trading with real people, an authentic collecting experience, and the wide variety of player stats that come with each card.
The app was recently updated to make the experience even better for 2014. The game’s version 4.0 update comes packed with a brand new user interface, new gameplay features, a slew of new card types, and new fan metrics. Also, the update allows players to trade in higher volume; now up to up to 9 for 9 cards. You can find BUNT: The MLB Digital Baseball Trading Card Game on the App Store for free.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 26th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
When we first had a look at MLB.com At Bat in 2012, we surmised that it was a good app to have for every baseball fan. Thus, it’s great to hear that the 2014 edition has been optimized to work with iOS 7.
The app has been completely redesigned, and the new elements pay homage to Apple’s latest major re-tooling of its OS. The re-design also encompasses the ability to deliver inline video playback, and new league-wide scoreboard functionality for single-tap expansion.
As before, the app allows for two subscription options ($19.99/year or $2.99/month), and content is free to MLB.com Premium subscribers.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 25th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
You might know GREE from iOS games like Monster Quest and Crime City. Today, the Tokyo-based company released its first major sports game, MLB Full Deck, a fantasy baseball game that uses over 650 officially licensed Major League Baseball player profiles to fill out your dream team roster.
· Officially licensed by MLB.com and MLBPA
· Create an unbeatable team with 650 real MLB players
· Match up against friends for rewards In PVP mode
· Play Season Mode against all 30 MLB rosters
· Compete against your favorite teams from the National League or American League
· Make crucial game-winning decisions
· Train players and ramp up their stats
· Get team boosts based on current MLB stats
Posted by Jeff Scott on October 5th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s been a great year for baseball. Heavily contested division races where many went to the final week. The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s both won their divisions. And it’s the only sport without union issues (for now).
The MLB At Bat app is the only way to listen to live games on your mobile device. And it has now gone free for the postseason. An essential, for the baseball fan.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has released an iPad app that gives baseball fans the world over a chance to explore the history of the various baseball leagues that allowed African-American baseball players to showcase their skills before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. The app showcases the famous players of the leagues, such as Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and Satchel Paige, along with a timeline of the events that defined the Negro leagues, and eventually allowed the game to be as diverse as it is today (although fewer and fewer African-Americans are playing in MLB).
The app has been updated and put on sale in honor of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game being in Kansas City, which is also the home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This app is a reminder of the time before sports and society became far more racially tolerant and integrated, and when these leagues served as a way for talented athletes of color to remain involved in the game despite being locked out by prejudice. The app is on sale for $1.99, and proceeds go directly toward the museum.
Chicks dig the long ball, and Homerun Battle 2 is full of them. It’s also about to get rather hellish, as there’s a new stadium called Hell Ground is now available. Hit some high heat, literally! Swing a hot bat! Other fire-related baseball puns! The stadium is available for 2500 goldballs in the game, half off its usual price for launch.
Of course, would it be baseball in the underworld without having Ol’ Scratch himself to play as? No, it would not. Thankfully, the Devil costume is unlockable, bringing with him a massive power boost. Mash taters as Mephistopheles! While getting the power of the Devil won’t come at the cost of one’s immortal soul, it will cost 6800 stars. I’m curious: is it against the rules to use performance-enhancing drugs as the Devil in Hell Ground? As well, four new Guardian costumes are available: White Tiger, HyanMu, Phoenix, and Blue Dragon.
Want to get in on this hot baseball action? Well, the game’s on sale for $0.99 in celebration of baseball’s Opening Day.
After a long winter, especially for Texas Rangers fans (though Texas weather can rarely be described as wintry), the new baseball season is finally here! Well, technically it started a week or so ago in Japan, and then there were still spring training and exhibition games, but finally, real baseball is here, and all 30 teams are going at it, trying to win the World Series. As a fan, there are several must-have apps to keep up with all the action, even if sometimes baseball can hardly be described as “action-packed.”
MLB At Bat 2012: While this official MLB app does provide live scores, news, and video highlights, same as past years, the fun of it is still in its subscription content. $14.99 unlocks live audio, box scores, and video highlights. However, the app just got sweeter for MLB.TV Premium subscribers. By logging in to the service that offers live game broadcasts from anywhere (and supports AirPlay, though the Apple TV also has the MLB.TV app built in), now the mobile At Bat service comes free, thanks to the app moving to a freemium model. As a bonus, it’s now universal, instead of the iPhone/iPad split in past years.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Sports
Baseball Trade Rumors: This app for the website coveirng all the latest transactions in Major League Baseball takes the old New York Times slogan “all the news that’s fit to print” and reshapes it into “print all the news!” The site reports on news regarding relatively unknown minor league players and free agents. The site is also picking up on their original reporting, as they broke a story on Joey Votto of the Cincinatti Reds negotiating a huge value long-term extension. The app itself provides news filters and push notifications to get the latest news on favorite teams and players as they happen.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-28 :: Category: Sports
Fangraphs: This app provides live scores in a different way. It offers play-by-play win expectancy calculations, showing that based on past game results, which team is most likely to win given the current situation. It also provides the information in an easy-to-view graph, which provides an interesting visual way ot follow the story of a game, and its ups and downs, to see where victory was clinched, or an amazing comeback happened. As well, each player’s WPA (win probability added, which can go negative) is displayed, showing that based on expected outcomes, how much their performance in the game actually impacted the final result. As well, the database of players and advanced stats is easily serachable from within the app.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-23 :: Category: Sports
ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012: Of course, a big part of the fun of baseball season starting up is that it’s also fantasy baseball season. While the game requires more commitment then the ever-popular fantasy football due to the about ten times the amount of games in a baseball season, it’s easier to check up on a team thanks to smartphones. This app in particular makes it easy to update ESPN fantasy league teams’ rosters, check matchups, and catch up on the latest ESPN headlines and tweets from their army of analysts.
As baseball season begins to ramp up it’s critical for coaches to keep a close eye on their pitchers. Practice sessions need to be tightly controlled in order to prevent overuse injuries and make the most of the allotted time, and it can be hard to keep things straight with so many guys in the rotation. Thankfully, Baseball Bullpen has received a new update that will make life a bit easier on coaches.
The newest version of the app supports stats for up to five pitchers, making it as simple as a swipe to jump from one to the next. It also now includes support for various types of pitches, letting coaches keep tabs on fastballs, curveballs, sliders and more. This is all in addition to the app’s original features, which included a pitch count, location tracking, and the ability to estimate pitch speeds based on the pitcher’s height and his distance from the plate. It’s truly a coach’s dream come true.
The app is also handy for enthusiasts or even scouts, as they can easily keep tabs on a pitcher’s tendencies and location with the app. There’s likely to be no more convenient way to keep careful track of one of the game’s most important positions.
With Spring Training starting up it’s time for baseball fans to not only oil up their mitts but also grab their favorite companion apps as the prepare to root on their chosen teams. It’s been confirmed to EverythingCafe that MLB At Bat 12 will not only make it’s return this season, but the iOS apps will be free and included as part of the subscription package. Previously, MLB.TV subscribers had to pay an extra fee in order to access the service on their iPad and iPhone. MLB At Bat 12 is scheduled to be available starting February 29th.
The At Bat will offer users access to 150 Spring Training games, as well as all 2430 regular season contests. Just remember, local blackout rules apply, so if your home team is playing on television that day you won’t be able to access the game on iOS. Furthermore, the app also features highlight videos, expert analysis, and unique team-by-team content. No matter which teams you follow you’ll have everything in the palm of your hand with At Bat, and this year it won’t cost an extra cent.
Mobile app developer GAMEVIL has released the 2012 edition of its annualized Baseball Superstars series, and this edition includes some significant updates. For one, the franchise has made a move to high-resolution graphics, taking full advantage of Retina display capabilities. For the first time, Baseball Superstars will also be a universal app, allowing players to play at full screen resolutions on their iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Aside from its visual updates, Baseball Superstars 2012 also includes a few gameplay updates. New customization features let players design their team’s uniforms and logo just to their liking. The My Pitcher and My Batter modes have been enhanced to allow players to build their team’s stats and earn skill points. New tilt and gesture controls have been added, but the classic controls are still available. Rosters have also been updated with new Super Players and there are new missions and Game Center achievements.
Baseball Superstars 2012 is available now and free to play with additional content available via in-app purchase.
As the advert loves to state, Red Bull gives you wings. It also now gives you a global sports, cultural and lifestyle magazine by the name of The Red Bulletin.
This new app for the iPad promises high end magazine content with up to an hour of video and animation throughout. It features numerous interviews with artists and athletes such as baseball star Tim Lincecum as well as features on the likes of art work from Banksy. Other subjects such as base jumping and formula 1 motor racing also feature.
It’s a new venture for the drinks company and it certainly makes for a pretty impressive looking magazine with the issue designed specially for iPad owners, taking advantage of the technology behind the device.
The Red Bulletin app also gives access to the international issue which contains a feast of the best stories from all the print editions as well as the exclusive content.
Best of all, it’s a free app for iPad owners enabling them to gain a free issue for the month of June.