iOOTP Baseball 2012, the top-notch baseball management sim from Out of the Park Developments, is back for a new season and is now available from the app store. Sporting a number of under-the-hood tweaks and a few nice additions, iOOTP Baseball 2012 remains the go-to choice for baseball fanatics and micromanagers.
iOOTP Baseball 2012 Pros:
- Multiple game modes, real rosters, and tons of decisions to make
- Engrossing gameplay with realistic broadcast-quality play-by-play descriptions
- Take on the GM role and make major financial choices to position your team for success
- Universal app
iOOTP Baseball 2012 Cons:
- Lack of accompanying audio
- Stats can be overwhelming
Players familiar with the series will recognize the menu-based format and text-driven gameplay style of iOOTP, though newbies may be a little put off at first. When you fire up the app, you’ll be met with a ton of choices to customize your experience, including the new options to ignore financial aspects, set DHs, and rename leagues. The three main game modes (Major League, Fictional League, and Historical Replay) make their return largely untouched, save for updated rosters and an additional Fictional League scenario. Current rosters are supported by the MLB mode, while Fictional uses made up players/stats and Historical uses rosters as they were in the 1924, 1969, and 1995 seasons. There are a ton of additional seasons available via IAP. Launching a game, you can select to have the AI control strategies, substitutions, and pitch details. One-pitch mode is a fun way to speed things up a bit by picking up the action with each batter on the pitch that puts the ball into play or completes a strikeout. If you desire, you can go pitch-by-pitch and, this time around, control decision-making in-between pitches. You can play each game in the season or simulate portions of the year. Within individual games, you can sim innings, half innings, or even pick up in the 6th or 8th innings when the game is in full swing. At any time, you can adjust your depth charts, sub players, go to the bull pen, give a sign to steal, intentionally walk a batter, etc. GM functions can be controlled easily, allowing you to snag a hot free agent, call up a player from the minors, draft fresh faces, trade veterans, and more as you look to bolster your team for the long run. It’s a blast for anyone who thinks they can do better than the pros, and you can exercise your fantasies from anywhere.
The presentation is outstanding, though a bit heady, given the ridiculous amount of info packed into this app. Player histories are fun to delve into, and watching all of your decisions play out can be exciting. Navigating effectively can be a bit confusing, as the menus and stat screens all look very similar and finding the desired info can sometimes have a trial-and-error feel, but putting in some time and exercising some patience can go a long way to mastering the UI. The baseball speak used by the broadcaster flows nicely and sounds fairly authentic, which is really impressive given the way it is randomized. It lends an air of realism to the app that we found refreshing. It would have been a nice addition to have an audio option to go along with the text, but the game still lacks any voiceover work. The controls require tapping here and there, and they work pretty well.
Replay value is great, as you never experience the same game twice. The variety of modes and the paths that you carve out with your decision-making chops allow for very different strategies that are a joy to play through. The Hall of Fame gives you a long-term goal to shoot for, as well. Launching as a universal app for $4.99, iOOTP Baseball 2012 is a 5-Dimple champ.
*Note: The following video clip is from the 2011 version, which is very similar to the 2012 version. The audio heard in the video is not present in the game itself.
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