Baseball Boy!

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Poorly made advertising vehicle in a game's clothing.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

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Consumerism

Loaded with ads, forcing players to either pay $3 to avoid them or sit through a video ad between each (short) round.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baseball Boy! is an arcade game in the fashion of a Home Run Derby, but one that's overrun with advertising. Players upgrade their equipment, swing power, ball speed, and ball bounce rate with money earned in-game. Between each round, though, they're subjected to video ads, which can't be skipped for at least five seconds. In some cases, the ads can't be skipped or closed out of unless you download the app they're pitching. The game features no sex, violence, alcohol, or any inappropriate content, though the ads might. The developer also doesn't have a specific privacy policy (just a rudimentary one for its website), so parents should beware of what's done with user data. 

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What's it about?

In BASEBALL BOY!, players attempt to hit a baseball as far as they can, Home Run Derby style, by tapping the screen at the right time. Regardless of how far the ball is hit, they'll earn in-game cash, which can be used to boost their power or the speed and bounce rate of the ball. After hitting the ball certain distances, players will receive new bats -- like a banana, a frying pan, or a fish. 

Is it any good?

App enthusiasts have come to expect ads in their games in recent years, but this poorly made game brings advertisement to a whole new level. Baseball Boy! is more a series of ads with short gameplay interruptions than the other way around. Play for five seconds, watch an ad for five to 30 seconds. Want a free upgrade to your hitting power? Watch an ad. Want to double your earnings on this round? Watch this ad. It's frustrating at first, maddening after a few times, and drives you to fits of rage after 10 minutes. Of course, there's a $3 option to not see ads, but the gameplay isn't worthy of a $3 fee. It's a basic Home Run Derby with poor graphics, no story (or sound), and no heart. It's a game that everyone -- not just kids -- should avoid. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising and its purpose. Do you actually want to see what the constant ads are presenting in Baseball Boy!? Does it ruin the gameplay experience?

  • Talk about the importance of exercise. Why is it important to go outside regularly and take a break from screens?

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