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Baseball Simulator 1.000

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Reviewed by Rich Denningham III

Graphics 4.2 out of 5

Generally, there are two typical NES graphics for baseball games: The "RBI Baseball"/"Major League Baseball" overhead style and the "Bases Loaded" behind-the-pitcher style. This game uses the former and does it well. What gives this game an edge is the graphical locations and special techniques. There are space stations and grandstands floating in outer space, an indoor dome, a harborside water scene and a night shot of Moscow (I'm not sure the reasoning behind this one). Also, when you perform *special* pitches or hits, the screen will adapt to it, giving lightning bolts, flames and smoke.

Music and Sound 3.5 out of 5

Mostly the same sound effects as the rest of the baseball games made for the NES: Crowd noise, fake organ music, the ball hitting a glove, the ball hitting the bat. The only differences are found with the special moves. If a pitcher throws a lightening fast pitch, it will whizz or whistle. If the batter hits an earthquake hit, you hear the ground shaking.

Game Challenge 3 out of 5

Not an extremely challenging game... Definitely made easier by the 10 run rule in effect. It is challenging when you pit a "regular" team (with no special batting or pitching techniques) against a "special" team with these advantages.

Game Play-Fun 6 out of 5

This is definitely one of the most fun NES games you will ever play. It has great baseball action, the options for special pitches, hits and fielding abilities for your team, the option to create up to eight original teams (with personally named players who have unique, personally chosen skills) and play with them or any other team in your choice of season lengths. There are also six stadiums you can choose from, each with its own graphics sets and each with a different field. It's really fun to play this with other people.


None. This game has no hangups other than it is a sports game. If you don't like sports games, you might not like it. On the other hand, this game is so unique, you might like it anyway.

Replayability 5 out of 5

I got this game in 1992 or 93 and I still break it out every month or so to play with the teams I created in Junior High (with all my old friends). It's a fantastic baseball game simulation and you will want to pick it up and never put it down.

Game Value 5 out of 5

Like I said, even people who don't like sports games will probably like this one. The graphics are great, the gameplay is awesome, and the variety of options is incredible. (Not to mention you can now get for less than ten bucks. This one is *still* worth the forty.)

Overall 5 out of 5

If you are looking for an NES baseball game that's fun, great to look at, and has countless options, this is the one. It's fun no matter how old you are or how good you are at video games. Even gamers who don't like sports games will probably like this one. It's easily affordable and worth every cent. (and more!) If you can get your hands on this game, pop it in your old Control Deck and prepare yourself for an extremely fun time. This game is awesome!

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