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Written by  :  eratik (123)
Written on  :  Sep 18, 2008
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Summary

The First and Probably the Worst

The Good

It's baseball ...

The Bad

Just about everything else.

The Bottom Line

This is, apparently, the first crack at a home baseball game. And it's stripped down to the basics. One player bats and the other controls the pitcher and zero, one or two additional fielders. The pitcher can control the ball after its pitched, making it speed up, slow down or curve right or left. The batter can only swing. Once a ball is hit, the speedy fielders track the ball down and either try to tag the player before he reaches a base or tag the base to which a batter is forced to go. If the ball travels directly over second base and is not fielded before reaching the bottom of the screen, you, my friend, have just hit a HOME RUN!

Though this game does provide a neolithic baseball experience, it is really quite bad. As described above, only the rudiments of baseball are featured. Even worse, the gameplay is unbalanced - strongly tilting to the defense. Defensive players are quite fast, able to field nearly any hit ball and return to tag the batter before he reaches first, and experienced pitchers can exert considerable control over their pitches, making hitting a difficult task. And watch out for your runners, sometimes they inexplicably (despite their glacial footspeed) decide to take an extra base. Once they start going, there's no turning back.

The one player game is especially annoying as the computer plays in a very computer-like manner. On almost every play the computer will field any ball wherever you hit it and will return with the ball to second base. The computer will not attempt to turn a double-play, the computer will not attempt to catch the guy going to third - it will return to second base. This lack of any sort of decisionmaking by the computer detracts, at least for me, from the replayability of the game.

Perhaps this game paved the way for later classics like Baseball Stars and Triple Play. It is, nonetheless, barely playable. A tip of the cap is appropriate. Actually plugging this cart in for a quick nine, is not.

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