Com2uS is slowly becoming a solid name in Android Sports Gaming. As you may recall, Taylor, Clark and I all thoroughly enjoyed Homerun Battle 3D, and with the 2011 baseball season comes an awesome new baseball game in Com2uS’ repertoire.
9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011 is a full-featured baseball game which is the first to feature a license agreement with MLBPA, the major league baseball player’s association. This agreement means that your favorite baseball players are featured in the game via an up-to-date team roster.
At the game’s first launch, you will be asked to select your favorite team, which will lead to that team being defaulted when you choose any of the gameplay options. You can change your “my team” setting at any time in the main menu.
9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011 features the following gameplay options:
- Season Mode: Take your favorite team through a 9 full major league seasons to try to make the playoffs and build your team to greatness
- Exhibition Mode: Pick two teams to go head to head in a single exhibition game.
- Home Run Mode: This part of the game is slightly reminiscent of the Homerun Battle 3D game Com2uS released last year, but takes a slightly different spin. Instead of multiple home-run derby modes, the Home Run Mode has you go through as many rounds as you can in an attempt to reach a certain point total to move on to the next round. Each round is played by a new player, which goes through your selected team’s lineup in lineup order.
The actual gameplay itself is ridiculously easy to master. There is a very small amount of on-screen buttons that you can touch to swing, bunt, throw to a base, and advance/return your runners. Not all buttons are on the screen at one time (thank God); instead, only the buttons appropriate to the current situation appear on the screen at any given time.
Pitching is the only real variant from this. You begin with onscreen buttons corresponding to the various pitch types in the pitcher’s repertoire. Once you tap on the button, a baseball appears in the middle of the strike zone, which you can move around to select pitch location. Once you’ve selected a location, a huge-mungeous circle appears in the screen, which gradually gets smaller in size as you further hone in your location. The idea is to tap the screen when the circle is smallest for pinpoint pitch accuracy.
I found that after only a few innings, I had mastered the controls en route to massive victories (hint: you’ll want to turn the difficulty to hard after like the first game).
- Multiple gameplay modes add to the replay value
- MLBPA license allows you to play as your favorite pros
- Controls are stupid-easy, and are very quick to master
- Made by Com2uS, who has a pretty awesome track record when it comes to making killer Android games
- AI could be a bit better. Had to turn it up to hard to have the computer even stand a chance.
- Lack of multiplayer mode (more below)
- Ads – not a big deal, but still negative in my opinion
9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011 is an incredibly solid baseball gaming experience for Android, and the MLBPA license adds the authentic feel which make this seem like a full-fledged baseball game.
Additionally, the game has significant replay value due to both the inclusion of a full-season mode, as well as the insanely challenging Homerun gameplay mode, in which I could barely manage to get past the 3rd or 4th levels.
With how awesome this game is, you would expect it to come with a pretty hefty pricetag. But that is not the case. Com2uS has gone the ad-supported route, and though I’m sure some of you are squirming in pain at the thought of another ad-supported application, the ads are in no way overbearing, and only really show up between innings, or as pop-ups after the game is concluded. Your gameplay view WILL NOT be obstructed, I promise (checked on 3 devices now)!
The one thing I really wish this game had is multiplayer mode, similar to what was found in the Homerun Battle 3D application. It’d be pretty awesome to school a friend in a game of baseball.
In closing, if you’re into baseball and gaming, you really ought to check this game out. It is available gratis on the Android market for Android 2.1+ devices.