I like to throw my biases on the table before I really get into anything, so here goes. I am a huge baseball fan. I love absolutely everything baseball. In fact, I had to drag myself away from MLB 10: The Show long enough to sit down and write this review. What was I doing while I was writing the review? Watching my Twins take on the Baltimore Orioles.
Through a few reader and AAM staff suggestions, I came across a gem called Homerun Battle 3D, and haven’t been able to put it down since. Homerun battle 3D turns you into a steroid-laden homerun hitting machine and challenges you to…well…hit as many homeruns as you can. The game is basically one huge homerun derby, offering both singleplayer and online two-player baseball-clobberin’ action.
The local/single player game offers arcade and classic mode. Arcade mode challenges you to get as many points as you can, with hits and homeruns alike counting toward your point total. Classic mode features conventional home run derby rules for all you traditionalists out there. In classic mode, only homeruns count toward your total, and the goal is to hit as many as possible.
Single player mode is great and all, but multi-player/matchup mode is where this game really shines. Matchup mode pits you in arcade mode against an opponent who is similarly ranked. Each player has a status bar that is filled up each time you make contact with the ball. Homeruns are worth more of course, but everything counts. First one to fill their status bar wins. It’s that simple, and it’s that addictive. I played through about 15 games before I realized I probably needed to get back to work.
The game also features unlockable content that allows you to customize your character with facial hair, sunglasses, cleats, jerseys, and many other things you’d expect in a baseball game. Though it may be trivial and unnecessary, the ability to customize your character when beating the snot out of some opponent is pretty cool.
The controls are very easy to learn. Simply tilt your phone up/down/left/right and a glowing bat moves around the strike zone. Tap anywhere on the screen to swing and watch the ball fly out of the park.
- Addictive gameplay
- Shows off what Android is capable of for gaming
- Great game for any baseball lover
- Very easy and well put together controls
- Matchup mode doesn’t offer classic mode.
- Game is huge at 20MB! Basically requires AppsToSD for you 1st gen users.
If you love baseball, you need to get this game. Homerun Battle 3D is currently available for $4.99 on the Android Market. Want to try before you buy? A free version is also available.