Homerun Battle 3D Review

Homerun Battle 3D Review

Oct 11, 2011

If they say that variety is the spice of life, then Homerun Battle 3D is somewhere between white rice and vanilla ice cream. For $4.99 you might be expecting a full app that would have a story or career mode of some kind, but that, unfortunately, is not the case here in Homerun Battle 3D.

The game puts you in the cleats of a cartoonishly steroidal major leaguer. With biceps the size of small children and pecs you can store luggage in, you swagger up to the plate in and swing for the fences. Over, and over again. That’s pretty much the app. There’s no real career mode here; the home run derby you’re in is never explained and there’s nothing to challenge you offline except your high score.

Just like in the major league home run derby you’re given ten outs to work with, but unlike the real thing, taken balls are counted as outs and the pitcher will try to fool you with a screwball or change up once and a while. Every home run you hit with nine outs earns you points for upgrades like being able to change your face, pants, jersey, and bat. Everything is purely cosmetic except for the bats which, give your muscled hero a boost of power or contact edge.

Even though the game is very shallow the core action is pretty addictive and hits generally react as they should. The controls are simple and very responsive; tilt your device to place the bat where the pitch is and tap the screen to swing. It is easy to see some of the corners that were cut, however. For example, your character never actually swings the bat; instead the display just cuts to another camera showing the ball in flight, the pitcher is the same purple-shirted man who can throw both righty and southpaw apparently, and there are two stadiums to choose from: ‘Night’ and ‘Day.’

The online battle arena is probably the most impressive area of this game. Here you go head to head against another player and see who can score a set amount of points first. This works really well and it is easy to just hop on and play a random opponent of your skill. There is slight lag at the beginning of a match, but other than that everything runs surprisingly smooth.

This app would make a great game for 2 or even 3 bucks. But as it is, the $4.99 price tag seems a little steep for an app that really just contains an online battle arena and a practice mode offline.


Homerun Battle 3D Review Rundown

7
Graphics/Sound - The graphics are still very good but are starting to show their age. Also, the in-flight ball animation tends to be a little jerky but nothing too distracting. For the most part the audio is solid; the only exception being that every bat sounds the same no matter wood or metal.
9
Controls - The controls are very tight and nearly perfect. The aiming system is easy to pick up and never feels cheap; punishing you when you are fooled by a pitch. On my EVO 4G the game was very responsive to even subtle tilts. One gripe is that it resets the gyroscope before each game, resulting is some games played at an angle depending on how you were holding the phone at that time.
8.5
Gameplay - This game is addictive. Enough said. More gameplay modes would have been nice, however, to give some variation.
6
Replay Value - With the whole game centered on slight variations of one game type, there is just not enough diversity here to deeply invest you in the game. That being said, the online game mode does offer a good head-to-head challenge and is well executed.
7.5
Overall - A bold, addictive homerun derby game that is short on game modes but long on solid gameplay. Also comes with a very solid online battle system.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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  • jesus2.lopez

    I am happy to see HTC come out with a 3D smart phone, I love
    that the EVO 3D comes with a dual core processor and that it has Android version
    2.3 already installed. Paired with my employee Sling adapter from DISH Network,
    the EVO 3D will be the ultimate mobile device. With the Sling adapter, I can
    steam live and recorded TV to my Android device everywhere I have 3G coverage
    or WiFi. DISH is actually offering free Sling adapters, so if anyone would like
    to get one you can find more information available at http://bit.ly/iKbJ4Q.
     

  • Maw

    When did you post this review? It seems like you are missing some major updates to the game.

  • Maw

    When did you post this review? It seems like you are missing some major updates to the game.

  • Maw

    When did you post this review? It seems like you are missing some major updates to the game.