Boomtime Baseball is a nostalgic old time baseball game from developer Distinctive Developments. It takes you back to the Roaring Twenties when baseball was full of glitz and glamour. You’ll be able to play as several legendary hitters as well as play in several legendary ball parks. Unlike more traditional baseball games however, this one only deals with the homerun aspect of the game and you’ll be mainly participating in different kinds of homerun derbies. What also makes this game unique is the look and feel of the game that really takes you back to those early years of baseball.
There are several game modes included with Boomtime Baseball. There is a batting practice mode that requires no in-game money to play. Here is where you’ll hone your skills. If you want to get into the main game, you’ll have to spend a bit of money to unlock each mini game. You’ll have just enough money at first to choose either the Bulls-Eye mode or Accuracy mode. Home Run Hero mode requires more money than you have so you’ll have to play the other 2 modes in order to win enough to open this up. The last mode available is Multiplayer mode in which you’ll be able to play with others on your Game Center list. In the main menu, you’ll also find a special area called Al’s Casino. Here, you’ll be able to spend casino chips you earn and “gamble” for a chance to win more chips, extra cash, or BB tokens.
Boomtime Baseball isn’t a traditional baseball game though if you were looking to play 9 inning games. Instead, the entire game consists of just the Homerun Derby style gameplay. It’s not a traditional homerun derby either. Instead of trying to hit homers, you’ll instead be trying to hit the ball at targets. The more targets you hit consecutively, the higher your slugger meter gets. Once the slugger meter is filled up, you have a chance at hitting a homerun and gaining tons of points.
Control in the game are pretty easy once you learn the basics. Your batter is in 3rd person view and a little blue circle appears in the middle over the plate. Tap the blue circle and drag down and either left or right to aim where you want to hit the ball. A dotted line appears to show you the arch and distance of your hit. When the pitcher pitches the ball, a second circle will appear. When both the batter’s circle and the pitcher’s circle line up, release your finger and watch the ball go soaring into the air.
Boomtime Baseball is a fun game. It’s free, but you’ll need to put in the time to unlock all the minigames, ballparks, players, and power ups. Or, if you’re lazy and don’t mind spending real money, you can always in-app purchase extra coins and cash to unlock items faster, but I usually avoid this route and just grind through the game. Either way, I say download it and give it a try if you’re a baseball fan.
Boomtime Baseball is available now in the App Store for free. It is a universal app and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Take a trip to baseball’s Golden Age in Boomtime Baseball, the snappy home run hitter that brings the glitz of the Roaring Twenties right to your telephone apparatus. Step up to the plate, swing that bat like the legend that you are, and LET’S PLAY BALL!
LIVE ‘N PLAY LIKE A BASEBALL LEGEND
Experience the Golden Age of baseball as one of several legendary hitters. Improve your batting skills to unlock ritzy BALLPARKS and BATS while signing sponsorship deals with leading brands, including Dr Puppet’s Root Beer.
Don’t forget to collect and upgrade all of the PLAYER CARDS to unlock the unbeatable HERMAN GEORGE character.
HIT ON ALL SIXES BY GOING SOLO OR WITH PALS
3 single player GAME MODES make the ball sing like a canary that’s been croaking at the local speakeasy all night. For the social guys and dolls, we’ve got a Game Center powered MULTIPLAYER mode.
THIS ONE’S A TALKIE
With music blasting out of Miss Kitty’s Jazz Club and game commentary provided by our very own Jesse ‘The Shoe’ Miller, the only thing silent in this town is the guy who had too much giggle juice the night before!
KEEP THE BOOKIES AT BAY IN AL’S CASINO
Need extra dough for that GOLDEN BAT? Visit Al’s Casino for your chance to win BIG MONEY. (If you’re with the Law… nothing to see here.)
A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA GOES A LONG WAY
Boomtime Press will be wiring the local news, special events and challenges via the Boomtime Newsreel.
Don’t be a sap and miss out on the good times – come and play BOOMTIME BASEBALL!
Swell = Wonderful
Glitz = Glamour
Telephone apparatus = Telephone
Ritzy = Elegant
Hit on all sixes = To perform 100%
Pal = Friend
Canary = Female singer
Speakeasy = Illicit bar selling illegal alcohol
[via App Store]