The premise is simple – players swipe or flick left to right trying to hit the baseball they have just been pitched. A meter up top shows the number of pitches left. If for instance one misses on a pitch then they will lose some and once the bar is gone the game ends.
Hitting a home run usually increases the meter. Mammoth home runs will increase the bar even more. Much like real baseball there is no real pitch limit. Hitting one huge home run after another adds playtime.
My winning technique is a combination of timing flicks and trying to read the pitches that are thrown. Swings can be practiced it all comes down to the stroke and timing. This is tricky because there are twelve different pitches including the standard fast ball, change-up, fork ball, super heavy ball, and floating ball.
At the end of each game players are awarded experience points that once accumulated can be used towards upgrades such as batting power, batting control, and batting vision. This adds a replay value as players are rewarded with more experience with practice.
The games graphics suit the game perfectly. The field, balls, home run fence, sky – they look good and don’t distract from the need to hit a moving object on the screen. Each different pitch is graphically depicted and helps batters to know what has been thrown, i.e. the fastball is a red flamed bird.
The game has five different modes: Minor & Major, which are unlocked to start and over time Moon-Star where gamers try for a record with the nine balls. There’s also a Training Mode and multiplayer action via Game Center.
This is a fun and addictive game, but it has two big issues One the in app purchases upgrades they seems exorbitant, charging as much as $9.99 for extra batting power, bat control and batting vision etc. This is already a paid game, and I’d rather pay more for it and get access to everything, but this is a top-grossing game for a reason – the purchases are hard to resist.
The second is the lack of support for left-handed players. Lefties, or should I say switch-hitters, have to flick left to right, which is just awkward.
Besides these two small issues, I had a great time playing Flick Home Run ! The game is rather addictive and playing just one more game before bed threatens to become routine.