I think the way I would describe the game’s presentations is as bare bones. Up to a certain point, it reminds me of a modern version of Hardball 5 on the Playstation.
9 Innings Pro Baseball 2013 ($2.99 | FREE )
“9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013, the best baseball game for mobile, and across all platforms, has finally come to iOS. The only game that uses the names, photos, data, and league schedule of real baseball players!”
It’s not horrible, but when you compare it to other sports franchises on the AppStore like Madden, it just feels lacking. That being said, i played the game without worrying about this because it was all very fluid. The same goes for the sound, which although not spectacular, get’s the job done.
The controls are well thought out, bringing a simple approach to a baseball game on the iPhone. When it comes to pitching, you have pitches to choose from, simple by tapping them. After that, just select the location of the pitch by dragging around the baseball. The strike zone is zoomed in, so it’s easier to pin point your pitch. Defense is either fully automated or half manual, which you having to guide where to throw the balls when your player gets it. On the offensive, it’s just as easy. Just tap bat icon to swing. Bunting is just as easy, with an icon used to bunt. Overall, they work out well.
I’ll keep it simple right from the start: 9 Innings was one of the first, and best baseball games on the AppStore. Looking at it now, it’s one of the few. My favorite thing about 9 Innings is that although I choose to do most things manually, you can just let the AI take care of some things. For example automatic fielding is a big help. You can also choose to let the game pitch for you, or bat for you, and just do one of the two. The main one is league mode, where you’ll play through a season (whether it be a full season or a partial one) and build your team up. Once you’re playing a season you can choose which games you want to play and, if you want, simulate a particular one so you don’t have to play it. I have fun with 9 Innings because although it’s not a full blown baseball simulator, it still manages to bring an enjoyable baseball experience to the iOS platform.
Hey look, the game is bloody free (or get the premium – PLUS version). If you’re a baseball fan, or have a remote interest in playing baseball games, I would recommend you download the game and try it out. It’s the best baseball game out on the AppStore right now.