Now that baseball season is upon us in full swing and summer is approaching, I found it proper to feature a baseball app in this week’s Blue Plate Special. My kids have been playing tee ball and coach pitch and making dad proud; we have already made it to a minor league game in San Antonio.
Baseball is in our blood and a beloved summer activity. I actually learned about Flick Home Run from one of my students that thought I might enjoy it. Boy were they correct! Now I am able to take a little batting practice anytime I have a spare moment for some gaming. Read on to find out more.
The idea of the game is simple. Balls are pitched, and the player must flick the screen and hit the ball out of the park. Of course, the angle of each swing, timing and speed of the flick all dictate where the ball flies. A dotted line will indicate the hitting zone, and no pitch can be contacted until it crosses this line. As easy as this sounds, the game is quite challenging and addictive, even though the flick is the single control used.
The challenge comes with the different pitches. There are ten different balls that each move differently. Some move fast, some slow but each is different. The 2x and 3x balls give bonus accordingly and will move as one of the other pitches without showing or warning which one. The trick is that the balls all look like a regular baseball until it reaches the dotted line indicating the hitting zone. It will actually take some practice and skill to successfully hit each ball out of the park.
There are plenty of game modes to keep Flick Home Run fresh. Minor and Major challenge are the original game with different levels, and the rest must be unlocked with high scores. Moonstar Bonus requires home runs to bounce off of moons while hitting stars as bonuses. There is also a bunting mode which requires an entirely different skill set. All of the game modes are enjoyable in one way or another and have kept me coming back to this game repeatedly.
Hit balloons and stars with the balls to pick up bonuses as well as higher scores for distances. As the ball flies out of the park, buildings and vehicles will bounce the balls along or stop them in their tracks, all the while helping rack up more points and experience. Every time the experience meter fills, players can choose to power up, increase contact accuracy or add a pair of glasses. The glasses will show the next pitch until they run out. I will say, my home run distances have definitely been further as I have progressed and added experience.
Flick Home Run has proven to be a hit with both myself as well as my kids. There is something satisfying hitting a ball in with the sweet spot and watching it jump out of the park. Maybe it is a reminder of a great time of my life when I was much younger, but it is great fun none the less. You can find Flick Home Run! here, in the app store for $.99.
What I Like: This game is extremely fun and addictive. Who does not like cranking a home run!?!
What Needs Improvement: I always enjoy having in-level unlockable power ups.
Current App Bargains
Amazon: Hidden Expedition:
On sale from $2.99 to $.99.
Big Fish Games takes you on an adventure into the stunning world of the Amazon with the Hidden Expedition team in search of a missing professor. A tattered map referencing the legendary Beetle Temple is your only clue as you begin your adventure deep into the Amazon Rainforest. Explore cities, temples, and ruins while unlocking the secrets of an ancient yet advanced civilization. This adventure is the largest yet for the Hidden Expedition team, and the discovery of the Beetle Temple is just the beginning.
50 hidden object scenes
14 unique mini games
Replay chapters to gain higher rankings
Play in portrait or landscape orientation
Listen to your own music with integrated iPod controls
Localized into five languages: En, Es, Fr, De, Jp
3 stage hint system
Play head to head multiplayer with a friend on the same device. A single screen is mirrored to each end of the device – race to find more objects before your opponent!
You can also play cooperatively in landscape mode.
On sale from $.99 to Free.
MotoHeroz takes the fun, fast gameplay of a Trials style game, adds it to a frantic rally race, and delivers a fresh new kind of side-scrolling, platform racing game.
Players race, chase, and rally their way through a brightly colored world, competing against their friends for the fastest times, entering daily races, and hunting for secrets and coins.
Inspired by the critically acclaimed WiiWare game MotoHeroz, named “Best WiiWare Game of the Year” by IGN and Nintendo Life!
Physics-based racing: fun gameplay with 6 vehicles in 30 exciting tracks
Single player fun: Unlock tracks by beating opponents and different challenges
Fun for many: Race against your friends in asynchronous multiplayer on each track
Claim the top spot: Global and Friends Leader Boards let gamers compete against each other
Fully optimized: File size under 20 Mb and blazing fast load times, instant restarts
Upgrade your vehicle and acquire in-game goodies for super boosts
Gather secrets: Find all of the hidden treasures to beat the game 100%
On sale from $4.99 to Free.
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