Anyone that follows my reviews knows that I can get very wordy with my content. Sometimes, I just have a lot to say. And when 10tons, the creators of Sparkle Unleashed and Crimsonland, released their third game this year, Baseball Riot, you’d think should be a lot to say, right? Many people would say this looks like an Angry Birds game with a baseball theme. I won’t deny that claim, and I also have nothing else to contribute to the discussion. It’s functional and it has its enjoyable moments, especially after clearing a level or a succeeding on a tough shot, but overall its features are very ho-hum; what you see is what you get. Believe me when I say that I tried looking for positive or negative features — there just weren’t many.
Here’s what I liked:
Aiming — Thankfully, Baseball Riot uses a free-aim shot system that shows a projected line. Some games only use a bulls-eye at a designated point, which makes it frustrating for precision. There’s not much more I can say other than thank you for not limiting the aiming.
Ragdoll physics — Watching the ball fly into an enemy is pretty satisfying. The enemy groans and falls over in an unnaturally limp manner. As an added bonus, the defeated enemy can collide into another enemy, defeating the secondary enemy in a domino-like fashion. This is a pretty good way to keep a player amused.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
Well… — No major problems can be found from playing Baseball Riot. The ball physics are spot-on, although I do get disappointed when I miss a good shot. Everything works cleanly and as intended. The issue is that Baseball Riot plays it too safe, with very little in the way of features to convince players that they’re playing a brand new game. After playing a dozen levels, monotony kicks in fairly quickly since everything feels way too familiar. Nothing prevents the player from having a good time, but neither will they find it necessary to own this game.
To the credit of Baseball Riot, its launch price is very enticing. It’s a good thing too, as my opinions of the game are very minimal despite my best efforts to find anything noteworthy. I will acknowledge that some fun can be had for a short time. If you’re looking for a game to spend a few days on, this can be satisfactory. Otherwise, it is a rather run-of-the-mill title.
Score: Try It
Achievement Notes: The Achievements are fairly straightforward, with two Achievements available in each of the games’ eight regions. Some Achievements will take a lot of trial and error, but getting them isn’t difficult overall.
Baseball Riot was developed and published by 10tons. It was released on December 8, 2015 for $4.99. A copy was provided by 10tons for review purposes.