From Bud Selig to Kevin Costner, this trivia game by THQ Wireless will test your baseball knowledge to the extreme.
Since cell phone technology is becoming more advanced it only makes sense that the games we play are looking a lot sweeter, but it's still the slower-paced ones, those being puzzle and trivia that work best, case in point, THQ Wireless' and Lavastorm's MLB.com Trivia. Featuring a boat load of questions and an innovative take on an aged concept, this mind bender is quite entertaining.
From which club did the Cubs acquire Ryne Sandbeg in 1982? Who portrayed Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams? Who is the only player to win MVP awards in both leagues? Who played for the most clubs? ANSWER ME!!! Whew! Can't say that I know much baseball trivia, so for the most part I was firing blind, but even though I don't know Bud Selig from Don Mattingly I still managed to have a fun time with this game, in large part because of the innovative play. Sure, there are tons upon tons of questions and they'll pose a challenge for even the most educated of baseball fans, but Lavastorm took a step beyond the norm and the result is anything but a standard Q/A session.
MLB.com Trivia has but two modes of play: Timed Mode and Baseball Mode. Timed Mode is the usual answer-the-question-before-you-know-what-runs-out and it serves its purpose, but far more intriguing is the Baseball option. Upon entering you'll notice a baseball diamond at the bottom right corner of the screen. The goal is to basically score runs by correctly answering. If you answer right away the odds that you'll hit a single, double, triple, or home run increases, and if you take too long to answer you may hit some foul balls. However, if time runs out between questions you get a strike (and you know what happens when you get three of those), and if you answer incorrectly, well, YOU'RE OUT! The game makes a point of screaming that phrase over and over again, and quite frankly it's the voice that somewhat mars this interesting trivia game. The announcer's loud cries shredded my nerves until I could no longer play with the sound on, a shame since I've found Lavastorm's previous two games (NBA All Star 3-Point Shootout and Home Run Challenge 2005) to be easy on my ears.
Another reason why Baseball Mode is so addictive is because you play through innings just like in any baseball game, so you can challenge a friend and just pass the phone back and forth. It's not the same as shooting him or her between the eyes in a first person, but it's still fairly competitive.
Baseball mode not withstanding, MLB.com Trivia is mainly going to appeal to fans of the game, so if you prefer basketball, football, or mud wrestling you're not going to be wowed by what you see. There's absolutely nothing flashy about this game, and the voices that'll emanate from your cell will attract the eyes of frightened, stressed out, and/or angry people. It's worth downloading, but only if you're looking to increase your knowledge of America's favorite past time.
What's Hot: Tons of difficult questions that'll test even the most dedicated baseball fan.
What's Not: Not much to look at.