Review Battle Baseball
A bad Angry Birds knock off
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 18 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Lots of levels, has pandas
No tutorial, poor graphics, bad physics
Surprisingly, there aren’t that many games that try to mimic what Angry Birds has done. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true. Perhaps they’re all so bad that they just buried under all the other half-baked games sitting in the cesspool of bad games the Play Store has. Regardless, Battle Baseball for Android isn’t really that great of an Angry Bird knock off either.
I failed the first mission probably three or four times before the mechanics of the game finally dawned on me. Now, if any of you read any of my other reviews, you’ll probably know how much I absolutely loathe obnoxious tutorials. But sometimes guidance is necessary, and this is exactly why.
To save anyone reading this a little pain, here is a simple rundown. You play as a panda, and you need to knock down a structure that’s guarding a box of TNT. Unlike Angry Birds, you don’t really have direct control over the ninjas you’re flinging at the box of TNT. Instead, you have a health bar. Ninjas will run at you and if you don’t hit them in time, they’ll damage you. Hitting them will knock them towards the structure, and you need to directly hit the box of TNT to win.
The physics of the structure aren’t great. Everything feels really stiff, and sometimes ninjas just seem to bounce right off the walls. You’ve also got enemies that will try to shoot you with projectiles as well. My biggest pet peeve is that hitting the TNT box doesn’t always set off the box.
I kind of like the direction Battle Baseball wants to go in, but I’m not a fan of how it’s executed. The artwork isn’t great, and neither is the physics system. But if you’re tired of Angry Birds then this might not be the worst game you could try and pick up.