Available for a small fee through the iTunes Store, Baseball Kings is definitely a one-of-a-kind app.
Baseball Kings is a sports game featuring many teams that seem to closely resemble real-life Major League Baseball teams in their colors, “locations,” and team names. As such, this game could easily be a hit with any MLB fans.
Boasting of offering “dynamic pitching” through its finger-flicking game play action, Baseball Kings is definitely an extremely unique concept to hit the iOS Store.
Personally I found the game’s pitching mechanics to be excellent; they were fun, and life-like. Adding to the fun of this game, the sounds were all satisfyingly realistic, from the umpire calling “balls” and “strikes” to the sound of the bat cracking on impact when hitting the ball.
However, I felt that the hitting mechanics could probably use a little bit of improvement; this aspect of the game seemed a bit more oddly set up, almost with a slot-machine-like feel. Additionally, I found that the game could be a bit more frustrating than ideal at some points, particularly because teammates seemed to be incapable of fielding ground balls.
While we all love great hitting, this would result in the somewhat unrealistic scenario of groundouts becoming singles, doubles, and even triples.
At the same time, I did appreciate how the hitting mechanics at least still used the player’s batting averages to determine whether or not a base hit would occur. Other features of Baseball Kings include fun in-game objectives to accomplish, such as striking out two batters in one inning.
Appearance and Layout:
Just as this game play is better than average, so are its graphics. Specifically speaking, Baseball Kings’ fun, cartoonish-style graphics definitely perfectly fit with the overall theme of the app.
The layout of the main menu of the app is clean and is also easy to navigate, leaving new users with no confusion of how to find what they’re looking for. However, the actual “movement” of the players within the game is a bit choppy and could probably use some improvement to look a bit less awkward.
As mentioned previously, Baseball Kings is currently available for a “limited time offer” of $0.99 through the iTunes Store. The app is lots of fun and extremely unique, offering players a game play experience unlike that of any other iOS game.
This uniqueness is definitely a strongpoint of the app.
With this unique game play combined with its fun graphics and sounds, Baseball Kings is definitely a great value for its price.
Baseball Kings iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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