It’s baseball season again. I know because I watched a good chunk of the Marlins – Cardinals game last night. It’s also baseball season on my iPad, since I’ve discovered the excellent iOOTP Baseball 2012 Edition for iPad.
It’s the latest iPad version of Out of the Park Baseball – the best-selling and realistic baseball management game. Here’s a little introduction to what the game’s all about:
iOOTP Baseball 2012 features a living world that uses the same robust simulation engine found in Out of the Park Baseball for Mac and PC, the best-selling and best-rated baseball management game of all time. Out of the Park Baseball is the second-highest-rated PC game ever on Metacritic and also received the PC Gamer Sports Game of the Year Award.
The game offers three gameplay modes:
– Major Leagues: Choose a team and play out the 2012 season. Will Yu Darwish dominate? When will Bryce Harper debut? Find out!
– Fictional: iOOTP creates one of four fictional baseball worlds and populates it with fresh players and clubs. Select a team and build a dynasty from scratch.
– Historical Replay: Choose one of three past seasons — 1924, 1969, or 2004 — and see if it produces a different outcome. Every other year in history is available as in-app purchase!
After selecting a gameplay mode, choose a team and handle every aspect of managing it:
– Manage your team, set lineups, depth charts, pitching staff and more!
– Call the shots from the dugout and watch the games unfold.
– Step into the shoes of the General Manager: Negotiate contracts, sign free agents, put together trades, draft amateurs, promote players from the minors etc.
And here are details on what’s new in the 2012 iPad version:
Just like its big brother, iOOTP 2012 features the complete 2012 roster set. Every player on every major league team is available, with complete ratings and career stats, along with the top 10 minor league prospects for each team.
Detailed player histories, including award histories, are now available, and there are more league leaderboards, for a total of 8.
As in last year’s game, the HD iPad version is included free, and many of the game’s screens have been reworked to take advantage of the larger display. Some iPad screens, such as the box score, have been improved from last year’s game to allow the display of even more information.
We’ve revamped iOOTP’s user interface, as you’ll see in the batch of screenshots we’ll be releasing soon, and we’ve greatly improved the roster management and trading AI.
Historical seasons now have real schedules, so you can play through your favorite team’s past seasons as they really happened.
Like last year, three free historical seasons will be included. This year they’re 1924, 1969 and 1995. Bundles with 10 seasons and single seasons will be available for purchase.
On the fictional side, iOOTP 2012 includes one new fictional setup, along with the ability to choose any year to start your fictional league, complete with stats and finances from that era.
While managing a game, you can opt to use pitch-by-pitch mode, and you can sim until a specific inning. You can also change game options during a sim.
In addition, you can now use the DH in any league and you can disable finances. You can also edit league, sub-league, and division names (division names are editable only in the iPad version.)
We’ve enabled iTunes Share, which makes it easier to transfer saves or add logos to the game.
The game has just hit the iPad App Store today, but I was lucky enough to be given a pre-release copy to use – so I’ve been playing it for the last few nights. I’ll review the game when I’ve spent more time with it, bit for now some quick first impressions:
— I stink at managing thus far. Joe Girardi and others are not going to be feeling edgy about me taking their jobs. That may be bad karma though as I didn’t initially choose my current favorite team to manage, the Texas Rangers. I’ve changed that up today so perhaps Rocky Balboa (my manager name) will be winning pennants soon.
— The game is superb. When I was a kid I loved baseball, was fascinated with stats, and played a number of baseball SIM board games – some with friends and some on my own. This game feels like everything I was after back in those days.
— I obviously haven’t grown up much, as I am enjoying the heck out of iOOTP Baseball 2012.
Here’s an App Store link for iOOTP Baseball 2012 Edition; it’s priced at $4.99 and offers a number of additional historical seasons and packs as In-App purchases.