You don't have to understand baseball to love baseball, if you ask me. As sports go, it's pure romance. From the rust-coloured brick dust of the infield to the holler of the guy throwing hot dogs around in the stands, it's stylish, cinematic, and pleasantly old-fashioned in a weird sort of way. Does lawn bowls put you in mind of rugged ol' Kevin Costner making quips? No it doesn't. Baseball does. Lawn bowls is rubbish. Baseball rules. Coincidence?
Oh yeah, and the whole thing's perfect for video games, too, thanks to its blend of simple, repeatable actions down on the diamond and all that stat-crunching back in the seats. Baseball feels a bit like an ARPG, at times, like sport's very own Diablo. Baseball Superstars is a series that has always understood that.
Gamevil's curve ball best-sellers have been a feature of smartphone gaming for a few years now, and, if you've been put off by the air of complexity that hangs over the franchise, the 2012 instalment is a pretty good place to get stuck in.