A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a little about baseball and timing that could possibly get them more excited about the sport and give them some insight into the gross-motor skills needed to play. They might also gain very rudimentary knowledge about angles and trajectory. Kids can learn a bit about the skills needed to play America's favorite pastime.
Ease of Play
Positioning the bat where you want to swing is easy -- as is actually swinging it. Perfecting your timing, though, takes a while.
Products & Purchases
Players can spend real cash to unlock new uniforms, which range from $.99 to $20. (Players can earn in-game credits to unlock them as well.) A link from the main menu takes users to a page listing other games by the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Homerun Battle HD is a home-run derby game that's all about baseball players hitting long balls. Hits and foul balls are as useless as strikes in the game -- which serves up pitches that can be knocked into the cheap seats. Figuring out the targeting system is fairly easy, but mastering timing is another affair. That makes the game an addictive one. Children can play with strangers in the game's multiplayer element, but no personal exchange beyond a nickname and country is exchanged, and there's no chatroom.
Is It Any Good?
Homerun Battle 3D doesn't have a license from Major League Baseball and doesn't need one. The focus on hitting balls deep into the stands and the number of perks you can get with special balls -- such as gold ones, which let you alter your appearance when you've hit enough homeruns with them -- make this a great combination of arcade and role playing. The multiplayer mode is safe and a showcase of how matchmaking should be. The only downside is there's no way to transfer your player's progress between the iPad HD version and the separate iPhone and iPod Touch version -- meaning you not only have to pay twice, all the work you put into the game on one platform won't help you on another.
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