iOOTP Baseball 2013, the king of baseball management sims from Out of the Park Developments, has been updated for the new season and is now available from the app store. Featuring up-to-date rosters, new Trading AI, a host of management tweaks and improvements, and the same robust experience we’ve grown to love, iOOTP Baseball 2013 continues to provide a fantastic product to diehard baseball fans.
iOOTP Baseball 2013 Pros:
- Multiple game modes, real rosters, and more options than you can shake a stick at
- Engrossing gameplay with realistic broadcast-quality play-by-play descriptions
- Improved trading AI and deeper minor league integration
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
iOOTP Baseball 2013 Cons:
- No audio
- Can be overwhelming to new players
Gamers who have used past iterations of this game will feel right at home, as the overall feel of the app remains intact. Most of the experience plays out through menus and text-based accounts of simulated games based upon the decisions you make. You can choose to play with current Major League rosters, take the reins in a Fictional League, or make decisions using data from past Historical seasons (1901, 1902, and 2009 are available by default). You can opt to include financial decision-making as one of your duties or bypass this aspect altogether. To draft or not to draft is another big question, giving you the ability to really shape your team’s destiny by snapping up future All-Stars if you so choose. Once your season is ready to get underway, you can delve into the plethora of menus to examine the different options available to you, such as tweaking rosters, setting lineups, modifying depth charts, adjusting strategies, proposing trades, reviewing standings, keeping on top of league news, and much more. Participating in a game is an interesting affair, as you basically read a series of short phrases that represent the action on the field. There is a database of presumably thousands and thousands of phrases, and the game does a great job of creating a coherent narrative that doesn’t repeat itself very often and provides a fluid and interesting way to perceive the game. You can simulate portions of a game, entire games, weeks, months, seasons, and more if you like. You could also follow each at-bat if you prefer. There is a lot of flexibility to allow you as much or as little involvement as you desire.
The menu interface can feel a tad cluttered and navigating the menus isn’t the most intuitive experience, but you should be able to find what you are looking for with minimal backtracking. There isn’t really any action to speak of, so if you are a junkie for web sites where you can watch pitch location and the like, you’re out of luck. There is no soundtrack to speak of, which remains a disappointment. Even an automated voice that reads the announcer’s calls would allow fans to close their eyes and imagine the action as if they were listening on the radio. Controls required tapping on buttons to make any and all selections, with a few sliders thrown in for good measure. Everything worked well in our testing.
Replay value is very good. The randomization of calls and the ability to tweak items to your heart’s content guarantee that you’ll have a new experience each and every time. GameCenter integration offers a handful of leaderboards and more than 2 dozen achievements for a bit of extra replay value. A universal app for $4.99, iOOTP Baseball 2013 is a 5-Dimple winner.iOOTP Baseball 2013 Review,