A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 6, 2018
- Category: Arcade Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 122.00 MB
- Publisher: Voodoo
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later; Requires Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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