9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 - App Review
9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 has a huge advantage over the competition right from the get-go, and that’s thanks to the inclusion of the MLB Players License, which means all of your favorite stars are included in the game, from Joey Votto, to Jose Bautista, to Alex Rodriguez.
And like the name would suggest, this is no mini-game based game, but a full-fledged baseball experience. Not only can you play full games, but even entire seasons, based off the actual 2011 season schedule. Other modes include the home run derby mode, and exhibition modes.
There’s even a card collection mode, where accomplishing tasks in game earns you points which can be used to upgrade your players or purchase packs of cards with more players in them.
The graphics provide a nice contrast from the typical cartoony baseball game on the iPhone. The graphics still have a colorful vibe to them, but the stadiums and players have a much more realistic look. They’re represented by accurately scaled sprites in the field, and well designed models in the batter’s box.
How do I crack one out of the yard?
9 Innings controls very simply. While pitching, you tap to choose which pitch you want to throw, and then the area of the plate you wish to throw it to.
You don’t need to worry about defense as far as getting the ball is concerned, you just need to choose a base or cutoff man to throw it to once it’s fielded.
At the plate, hitting is also very simple, and is timing-based.
You just select the style of contact you want to make, and then time your swing as the pitch comes in. You don’t need to worry about lining up crosshairs, or other silliness found in other baseball games.
Games blaze by, with no needless pauses in the action for extraneous frills. This is a huge plus in my book, as baseball games tend to get bogged out trying to be too authentic, and become nearly unplayable as a result. Because of the speed of gameplay, you could realistically finish an entire season if you wished, and try to complete your card collection, which is a huge bonus.
All in all, it’s an incredible deal to get a baseball game of this quality and depth for the price. If you like baseball or baseball games, or feel like giving one a try, don’t hesitate to check this one out.
Platform – iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 3.0 or later).
Genre – Sports
Price - $0.99
RATING – 4.6/5