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Baseball is not really a big deal here in the UK, at least not like it is in the US, so I am not sure how popular Big Hit Baseball for the iPhone/iPad will be. But that is just a matter of taste and I know that such as app would be incredibly popular Stateside. Despite the popularity of the subject matter, it doesn’t prevent Big Hit Baseball from being quite a lot of fun.
As long as you don’t go into Big Hit Baseball expecting a full on simulation of the game, then you won’t be surprised by the games relatively simplistic view of the sport. Beyond choosing one of the 20 teams that are on offer, the difficulty, the handy tutorials and which tournament to enter, the actual gameplay consists of three swipe controlled actions – batting, pitching and fielding.
Batting involves swiping your finger across the screen. The faster the swipe, the harder the hit. It is all fairly straight forward, but it takes time to master the timing required. The pitching has a bit more variety and sees the player again swiping the screen. This time though long swipes, short swipes, fast swipes and slow swipes all have an affect on the pitch. It is even possible to throw curve balls by arcing the swipe to the left or right. For fielding the player need not worry about placement of the fielders or anything beyond catching the ball. Simply swipe in the direction of the flying ball when it is near a fielder and they will leap for the ball and, if they catch it, throw it back to base.
All of these different swiping controls take a little while to get used to, but they are all fairly intuitive and, once the player gets the hang of things they will be winning most games with ease. Which is possibly one of the problems with the game. After only a small amount of practice, the player will find that the game doesn’t offer much by way of challenge. The lack of multiplayer only adds to this problem, leaving the player competing only against the basic AI.
Big Hit Baseball is a casual arcade game through and through, and this comes across in the games’ visuals. Everything is bright, colourful and incredibly simple, making the game easy to play. The menus are straight forward and easy to navigate.
The inclusion of the six short tutorials are handy for letting players get to grips with their various tasks, but also add a small challenge with the inclusion of Game Center to compare your scores with others.
Big Hit Baseball is quite enjoyable to play, but loses it’s appeal due to the lack of variety and challenge. Baseball fans looking for some arcade action on the move will enjoy the interactive controls and the chance to play their sport on the move, albeit in a simplistic fashion. Non-Baseball fans may well get some fun out of the arcade style of the game, but may well get bored after only a few games. One for the fans.
Big Hit Baseball, from Eidos Interactive, is available on the App Store for just £1.19