Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D
Grab some wood and blast one (or ten) out of the park.
Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D is a video game version of home run derby, plain and simple. You don't need to worry about base running or how your pitches sail across the plate. The only thing you need to do is aim for the fences.
To begin, simply set up your player, select from one of three modes (Arcade, Classic and Training, although there isn't much difference between them) and hit the field. You control the direction of your swing by tilting your iPhone. To hit, all you need to do is tap the screen to swing at the right time. In addition, there are certain locations to hit it in each venue, such as bleacher sections and signs. Along with clearing specific zones, you'll also be able to collect golden baseballs from pitchers, provided you can hit their specialty throws.
Achieving these goals gives you access to new outfits and bats, including a wonderful Louisville Slugger that lets you hit the ball even further. While the general idea of the game doesn't change much, it's a thrill belting balls out of the park and hitting sweet spots.
What's even more fun is bringing a friend in for dual home run madness. Via split-screen, you compete in real time through three to five minute match-ups, thanks to a picture-in-picture display. It's easy to connect to fellow players online, and the matches occur with no lag or slowdown whatsoever.
Home Run Race 3D won't dazzle you with a snazzy presentation, but it still clicks. It's easy to keep an eye on incoming pitches, and your batters animate smoothly with their follow-throughs and stances. Watching balls sail of the park is a trip as well, especially when they strike the lights, blowing out a bulb or two in the process.
For a dollar, Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D's a hit. Although it's not particularly deep, it'll keep you entertained, especially while competing against a friend. Besides, it's cheaper than a night at the batting cage.
What's Hot: You can bat against a friend in wireless multiplayer, simple yet entertaining controls, collecting gold pitches and bats is cool, solid presentation, one-dollar price tag.
What's Not: You can't play a full game of baseball.