Insert Baseball Pun Here
Baseball is the only professional sport that I can watch and enjoy these days, and I’ve been yearning for a decent baseball game to hit the Nintendo Switch after the disappointing R.B.I. Baseball ’17. Unfortunately, Baseball Riot from 10tons hardly qualifies as either a baseball game or a console experience.
10tons has been active porting their entire library to Nintendo Switch, which includes gems like Time Recoil and duds like Crimsonland. They’ve clearly reached the tail-end of their library with Baseball Riot. The game’s first impression upon booting it up isn’t a good one: the visuals look like they were purchased second-hand from a vector artist online. Then the first level begins and you realize that Baseball Riot doesn’t have much to do with baseball or riots.
Baseball Riot is a physics-based puzzle game where the mustachioed hero moves from level to level, all of which take place on a single screen, hitting baseballs at golden stars as well as fans of some kind of energy drink. Each level has the same objective: hit each golden star, as baseball players are known to do, and also take out each fan before you run out of balls. Baseballs will bounce off walls and objects and bounce all over the place, taking out whatever they come into contact with. Most levels, especially ones later on, contain additional obstacles and hazards like glass blocks that halt a ball immediately and fans that’ll catch the ball with their glove. There are far more stars and fans to hit than you have balls available, so you’ll have to align hits like trick shots in a game of pool.
And that’s… really all there is. The only thing Baseball Riot has in common with baseball is a dude with a ball and a bat. He’s not even rioting — you don’t get to throw a single rock through a window to make a bougie business owner squirm. This mustachioed ball player’s quest is more akin to old-fashioned serial killing.
The upsides, at least, are that Baseball Riot only costs $5 on the Nintendo Switch eShop and there are over 100 levels to swing your bat in; however, the mobile version of Baseball Riot probably feels more natural based on the content.
System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: A review code for Baseball Riot was provided by 10tons.