Baseball Superstars 2013 almost delivers perfect game

Baseball Superstars 2013 has uber-cute graphics and a display that is similar but more refined than Nintendo’s 1980s classic, Little League Baseball: Championship Series. The only problem with Baseball Superstars is that my thumbs turned sore after a game or two, so it may best to play in moderation if you want to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

What sets it apart from other baseball game apps? Baseball Superstars 2013 has a unique set of hidden characters and the My League mode fuses elements of role-playing with a full 32-game season.

In My League mode you choose between creating a pitcher or batter. Besides playing in games (which go by faster in this mode) your player can go on dates, attend baseball school or take an early vacation if you accumulate enough popularity points. In Season mode, I played as Phoenix (the mythical firebird) and decided before the first game to sign autographs for fans and treat my teammates to dinner afterward, which boosts morale. Trading players is relatively simple and basic player stats and information are available for perusal.

The game play is straightforward and the baseball mechanics are spot-on. It’s refreshing to play a game that doesn’t get hung up on graphics while providing a smart, entertaining, and enjoyable experience.

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