A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Homerun Battle 2 is a homerun derby style game that ignores all but the most thrilling part of baseball -- the deep hit. Figuring out the targeting system is fairly easy, but mastering timing is another affair. The game, however, objectifies women and is very aggressive in its marketing of in-game currency (which can be purchased using real-world money). And the multiplayer mode allows unregulated chat between players. Users can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
When it comes to gameplay, there's really not a lot of difference between HOMERUN BATTLE 2 and its predecessor. That's bad. The game also takes an oddly aggressive stance against players from the get go, forcing them to agree to a user requirement that includes the condition that they are "required to report bugs." (Isn't that the developer's job?) That's bad, too.
It's a multiplayer focused game that has unregulated chat between players. For adults, that's fine, but if your kid is playing, it could be bad. And it is one of the most aggressive marketers for in-app purchases around, sending pricing lists as notifications. The currency doesn't buy much (new hats, etc.), but the game demands a lot. And that's really bad. The gameplay's fun, but on the whole, this is an app with one too many strikes against it.
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