Baseball Riot has 10tons Ltd iterate on their already tried and tested formula of physics based puzzling. You take on the role of Gabe Carpaccio who, after a baseball to the knee injury, is forced to retire. Now resigned to running a rather dismal second-hand sports equipment emporium, you are forced to endure further humiliation as your team is bought by the Explodz energy drink company, who begin corrupting your beloved game beyond recognition. Picking up your trusty bat, you take the fight to redeem the name of your team.
Each stage contains around 20 levels, each of which challenges you to “knock out” each of your enemies, starting with basic Explodz–infused fans, and gathering stars in order to progress. These stars are tallied at the end of the stage and allow you to progress to the next zone. Ricocheting your limited supply of baseballs around the environment takes a lot of experimentation, patience and a rather large helping of luck.
Although starting relatively simple, levels soon become increasingly complex with additional obstacles and items being introduced at a quick rate; glass panes stop your ball dead in its tracks, crates of Explodz blow up and cause chain reactions, while baseball tubes scatter multiple balls in numerous directions when struck. Should you aim true, and manage to knock out three or more enemies with one ball, you will also be awarded an extra ball with which to complete the level and on more than one occasion, this bonus is more than required in order to achieve both primary aims.
The enemies too, become more complex as you progress. Catchers soon make an appearance who will, like the glass panes, stop your ball dead should it touch their oversized Mitt and umpires, who are protected by their padding from any frontal attack, thus requiring you to take these variances into account when plotting your shots.
In addition to each puzzle level, you also have a challenge level which sets out particular criteria to earn a bonus to your score. These range from simply collecting two stars on each level of the stage, to getting 5 knock outs with a single ball or earning two extra balls in a level.
The physics behind the controls is precise, (think your favourite pool/snooker game), and lining up your shots and accounting for the angles and rebounds is essential to succeed.
The biggest drawback I can see, is that it is more of the same. In fact, if you have played 10Tons previous release, Tennis to the face, it is almost a carbon copy in both aesthetics and game design, to the extent that both have the megacorporation “Explodz” as the unseen face of corporate corruption as its primary antagonist setting you out on your path of revenge, just one protagonist uses a racket, the other a bat.
10Tons console releases, of what are predominantly mobile games, have a polished yet uncomplicated quality to them, but they don’t really go out of their way to break the mould or innovate. Regardless, if you enjoy physics puzzle games, and have not played one of the previous releases, there is a fun, albeit limited game here which can be used to cleanse the palate if you are looking for something other than the AAA feeding frenzy we have encompassing us at the moment.
Thanks to Xbox and 10Tons Ltd for supporting TiX
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