It might be cold outside but it feels like Spring with Baseball Kings. I love baseball and when I saw this game I was a bit intrigued. After playing it a little bit I was a bit confused too. I reached out to the developer with some questions, which will be covered later, but the bottom line is that this is a fun little baseball game.
Baseball Kings is a baseball pitching game for both Android and iOS. I reviewed the Android version but have been told that both are the same. The game has three areas:
Play – here is where you pitch in last few innings of a game
Training – here you practice your pitch
Batting – here you can practice batting
When you begin the game you can chose your team, which are based on the current MLB cities. Then head over to Training so you can learn the mechanics of pitching. You simply flick the screen to pitch but you will need to change your angle based on the arrow and strength indicator on the screen. Practice makes perfect.
When you are ready you can begin a game. Now you are pitching only the last couple of innings in a game. You do not control fielding or batting, simply pitching. The game simulates seasons, so if you win or lose it matters. You also start in the low minors and then work your way up to the big leagues.
As you play and do well, you will earn coins. This is important. Coins can be used to upgrade your pitching, team defense, batting average, and character. To increase your chances of doing better in the game, you will want to upgrade when you can. Now the game does provide you the ability to get more coins via IAPs but after playing for a while you probably will not need them. My son has play a few days and has already earned 27,000 coins.
So as a quick summary, you can earn coins by:
– Mission completion (achievements)
– Finish a game
– Finish each season and post season
Right now batting is pretty much luck-you simply tap the hit button and a slot machine comes up and spins for you. If you spend some coins you can increase the hit ratio by upgrading your batters. I did ask the developer about this and he indicated that he is work on creating a real batting system, similar to pitching. This would be an awesome addition to the game. (IMHO)
Overall this a fun and fast baseball game. The sounds, graphics, and speed of the game real work well. The game gives you a reset option, which allows you to “start over” with a new team but you do not lose your coins or dollars. This is a keeper for us and I look forward to future updates. If you like baseball, then you should like this game.