Power Pros Touch
Avoid catching this foul ball.
Konami's Power Pros series found a huge audience on Nintendo systems, so it's only logical that it appears on the iPhone. Power Pros Touch lets you fling balls and swing bats with super-deformed players through a number of innings. It's baseball at its simplest, but that ultimately works against it.
For pitching and batting, you use the same perspective behind the batters' box. To pitch, you select one of four pitches (depending on your team) and poke on the screen where you want the ball to go. For batting, you can either tap the screen to quick hit the ball, or touch the screen and drag your finger upward for a harder hit. The computer handles fielding and base running, though you can always speed players up by touching the screen.
For youngsters, Power Pros Touch is an ideal game. For baseball fans and more dedicated players, however, it's way too easy. Even on the Expert difficulty, you won't break a sweat hitting Grand Slams and achieving strikeouts. What's worse, there's no way to expand your skills with stats or upgrades. You just choose your default team (from one of six) and play.
Worse yet, there are only two modes to choose from. Exhibition puts you into a quick match of three, six or nine innings, while Pennant has you chasing after a championship with a customizable season. You can choose up to 162 games in a season, but chances are you won't make it through 25 since the A.I. doesn't put up a fight.
Sadly, there's also no multiplayer. Power Pros Touch is a solo affair where you're stuck playing against CPU opponents. Adding a second player to the mix would've been ideal.
Visually, the game's cute, but looks incomplete. You'll see a bunch of players with adorable eye expressions (angry, sad, happy) and authentic team uniforms. However, they have just a handful of animations. When a player strikes out, for example, he'll go from standing in a batting position to rolling his eyes in a matter of two shots. No smooth transition, just a rough cut.
Don't expect to be wowed by the audio, either. It mostly consists of an upbeat announcer keeping track of events happening in-game. The only problem is he falls behind too often and it sounds disjointed. He'll say the team name, pause and then finish the sentence.
Power Pros just comes up short in too many areas to warrant a purchase, even at $3.99. Let's hope Konami delivers free updates ASAP.
What's Hot: Cute visuals, simple pitching and hitting.
What's Not: Lackluster commentary, only two modes, no online multiplayer, a bit too easy.