iPhone Game of the Week: Baseball Superstars 2012

Baseball Superstars 2012 is an anime RPG that involves America's favorite pastime (think Madden meets Pokemon). There are seven different modes that allow you to build players, teams or just play exhibition games. In "My Batter" mode you can customize and build a player starting from his rookie year by buying upgrades, and even taking him to the mall for some R&R. Along the way you will meet a variety of goofy anime characters who will help you build charisma and teach you lessons. All these things are required to improve your skills so you can become a baseball superstar.

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The baseball part of the game is simple but still involved. You can control your hitters, pitchers and base runners depending on the game mode you've selected. Swinging the bat is as simple as tapping a button, but actually hitting the ball is another story. Especially when you are up against tougher anime pitchers who throw fireballs and other various crazy pitches. Pitching requires various swipe motions to throw curveballs and sliders. In "My Team" mode you can play all the innings and control both the hitting a pitching. In "My Batter" or "My Pitcher" you only control the player you're building.

Baseball Superstars is not a simple baseball game. The RPG aspect is very involved requiring you to do more than just assign skill points to your player. It will take you quite some time to explore all the various options and storylines available to you. This is the perfect iOS game for fans of "franchise" modes, or people who enjoy games like Hot Shots Tennis.

The game is free in the iTunes App Store. There are in-app purchases, but they are not required to play. It's rated 4+ and compatible with all iOS devices running iOS 4.0 or later.