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HardBall!

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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4.5
ZX Spectrum
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...
Atari ST
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4.2

Advertising Blurbs

U.S. print ad (Genesis):
    THIS IS HARDBALL! The first eight-megabit baseball game. The best-selling baseball simulation of all time. Mega Play calls it "a phenomenal baseball game for the Genesis. It offers everything you could ask for in a baseball game and more. Superb graphics." HardBall! puts you in control of 26 big league rosters in an action-packed quest for a World Series ring.

    Contributed by lugnut (359) on May 13, 2004.

Back of Box:
    Have you ever gone to a Major League ballpark before most of the fans show up, when the ball players are taking batting practice? If you walked down in front of the box seats, right alongside the warning track, you had to be dumbstruck by the immensity of the entire playing field: crisp, white lines of chalk cutting to foul poles that reach to the sky, a freshly cut outfield of brilliant green that seems to stretch forever and images of exciting things to come as great athletes prepare for their version of modern day coliseum warfare.

    Dirty Uniforms
    That’s exactly what you get from HardBall, baseball that’s so real and true-to-life, it’s like you can reach out and touch it. It’s like the Saturday afternoon “Game of the Week” on network television – NO, it’s better because you don’t just sit there, you play HardBall. In fact, HardBall is so real and lifelike, if you wear a uniform while you play it, you just might get it dirty. It’s quite simply the most spectacular sports simulation computer game of all time. See you in Cooperstown!

    The batter hits a sure single. But, with his team behind late in the game, should he try and stretch it into a double? You decide. At this stage, you’re either a hero or a goat.

    It’s the bottom of the 9th and the league’s most feared slugger prepares to tee off on the next offering from the home team’s ace fireballer. Will it be high or low, a curve or a screwball?

    The game has gone into extra innings, all tied up. Do you pinch-hit for the weak hitting pitcher or leave him in because he's the best you've got?

    Contributed by Jeanne (75624) on Nov 10, 2002.