Review: Baseball Riot (Nintendo Switch)

Help Gabe Carpaccio take vengeance on the unholy alliance of his former team and a corrupt energy drink manufacturer, Explodz Inc.

Pros:

  • Hand drawn cartoon graphics.
  • Gameplay is a physics puzzle game. You hit a baseball at enemies, Bouncing the balls of the walls and floor.
  • 55.6MB Download size.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Simple easy to use controls. Aim with the stick and press A to fire.
  • Touchscreen support for controls and menu.
  • Great time waster.
  • Sensitivity slider.
  • Really easy to get into.
  • Collect stars in a level to unlock further levels.
  • Bonus optional side mission for the area to earn bonus stars.
  • Earn extra balls in the game.
  • Literally 100’s of levels. Each square if the map has a dozen or so levels in each. And with a load of squares, You won’t be finishing this game anytime soon.
  • Many enemy types bringing a more puzzle feel to the game. Some enemies can only be hit from behind as well as other enemies who can catch the ball.
  • Precise aiming bar.
  • Multiple save slot support.
  • Clever level design.
  • Humour throughout.
  • Addictive.
  • Full stats screen complete with time played and levels won/lost.
  • Over 100 levels.
  • Can replay levels.

Cons:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Three starring levels is kind of a non-starter as it is not that important.
  • Feels like a missed trick to not have ball powerups for yourself.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Proper online leaderboards would at least add more competition to it all.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Baseball riot can easily be described as an Angry Birds clone and so what. I mean for a start the controls are a lot better and more precise so if anything its an insult as the game is far more superior in that regard. It does lose points for its charm as it all feels a bit flat and lifeless but it is a fun easy to pick up and play experience. Perfect for a quick go or killing a bit of time.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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