The new MLB.com Home Run Derby iPad app is just what the name sounds like – an iPad game that lets you test your long ball hitting prowess, playing as one of the home run hitting stars from the last three MLB All-Star games.
The game lets you choose from any of the 24 sluggers who took part in the last three All-Star Home Run Derby events – though many of them require you either to collect a large number of ‘MLBucks’ as bonuses while you play or to pay up via In-App purchase. The game starts you off with 100 MLBucks, which will allow you to choose from around 9 of the sluggers who cost that much to select. Others range from 300 to 700 – for instance Robinson Cano from the 2012 Derby and Prince Fielder and David Ortiz from 2011 are 700.
Some of the other stars you can play as include Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, and more.
There are single and multi player options and two playing modes:
ARCADE MODE: Hit as many home runs as you can before time runs out. Multiply your score with targets and combo bonuses.
DERBY MODE:Enter the authentic Home Run Derby tournament and see if you can survive against baseball’s top sluggers.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Home Run Derby during All-Star week, so I was excited to spot this game in the App Store last night. I didn’t get a chance to spend that long with the game, but I have to say my first impression isn’t great.
The game is slow loading, the response when playing doesn’t seem smooth, and it looks to me like you really need a lot of boosts on the 100 level players to start hitting a lot of homers. Of course your mileage may vary and my home run stroke may just need a lot of work.
I also found the graphics and sounds pretty boring compared to Homerun Battle 3D.
Have any of you tried out MLB.com Home Run Derby yet? If so, let us know what you think of it in the comments.
Here’s an App Store link for MLB.com Home Run Derby; it’s a free app but listed as free ‘for a limited time only’- with In-App purchase options ranging from $0.99 to $35.99.