img_0006MLB.com has released an official Major League Baseball World Series 2009 game into the App Store [link]. The $7.99 offers players an officially licensed product featuring 30 Major League Clubs and four MLB ballparks.

Game features include:

  • Multi-Touch Pitching Mechanics - Choose between fastball, curve, change-up or slider and swipe correctly to execute the perfect pitch
  • Accelerometer Targeting: Tilt the device to aim your pitch and line up your swing.
  • World Series mode, Season mode, Exhibition mode
  • Fielding modes - let the computer play defense or switch to manual for an added challenge

We've included a number of screenshots from the game (click thumbnails to enlarge):


And also included is a gameplay video. We've started the embedded video mid game, but if you're interested in team selection and player substitutions, rewind to the beginning:


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

The game itself allows you to play a season from the start or straight to the World Series. Games can be setup with different teams and substitutions can be made mid-game based on player stats or fatigue. The video shows off batting and pitching.

Batting is performed using the accelerometer to match the ball while pressing the "swing" button at the right moment. Pitching is performed using swipe gestures which influence power and accuracy of your pitches. Accelerometer controls also help target the location of your pitches.

Fielding can be performed automatically (the default), but if you're interested in more of a challenge, you can turn this to "manual" and then decide where to throw the ball after it's hit. The embedded video shows manual fielding.

An ongoing discussion thread has some first impressions. As noted by one forum user, individual player names are not included in this game, only team names.

App Store Link: MLB World Series 2009, $7.99

  • HerbertKornfeld

    How is this game front-page worthy? Is it because of the license? It looks terrible.

    Look at how the players hold the bat. How they stop on a dime on first base. And how they don’t lead off when on base; if they weren’t stuck to their bases, the runner on third should have scored on that last play.

    And if the license is all they’ve got going for them, they probably should have also sprung for the MLB Player’s Association license, too. It’s laughable that they list the players as “first baseman”, “second baseman”, etc. If they’re not going to pony up for the Player’s license, at least make up some names. And only four stadiums?

    This game is overly ambitious. The animation is choppy, and they try to do 3D, but it looks awful. I’d prefer to see a licensed game with the look of a NES-era game. Make it animate nicely, and most importantly, make it playable. Give us something like R.B.I. Baseball or Baseball Stars, and really focus on the controls.

    I’m going to pass on this one. I’ll take instead one of the unlicensed games. Those games aren’t perfect, but seeing this game makes me appreciate those ones even more.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    How is this game front-page worthy? Is it because of the license? It looks terrible.

    Look at how the players hold the bat. How they stop on a dime on first base. And how they don’t lead off when on base; if they weren’t stuck to their bases, the runner on third should have scored on that last play.

    And if the license is all they’ve got going for them, they probably should have also sprung for the MLB Player’s Association license, too. It’s laughable that they list the players as “first baseman”, “second baseman”, etc. If they’re not going to pony up for the Player’s license, at least make up some names. And only four stadiums?

    This game is overly ambitious. The animation is choppy, and they try to do 3D, but it looks awful. I’d prefer to see a licensed game with the look of a NES-era game. Make it animate nicely, and most importantly, make it playable. Give us something like R.B.I. Baseball or Baseball Stars, and really focus on the controls.

    I’m going to pass on this one. I’ll take instead one of the unlicensed games. Those games aren’t perfect, but seeing this game makes me appreciate those ones even more.

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    The last baseball video game I played was Accolade's HardBall.

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    The last baseball video game I played was Accolade's HardBall.

  • thebleeptruth

    I still like Baseball Superstars more. Graphics seem overdone. Like they were forcing too much graphics on a device that couldn't handle it. The speed of the gameplay looks quite slow. Framerate is off. And I don't like the transition right after you hit the ball. It just cuts all of a sudden. But anyway that's just my opinion. And I'm not a hardcore baseball fan.

  • thebleeptruth

    I still like Baseball Superstars more. Graphics seem overdone. Like they were forcing too much graphics on a device that couldn't handle it. The speed of the gameplay looks quite slow. Framerate is off. And I don't like the transition right after you hit the ball. It just cuts all of a sudden. But anyway that's just my opinion. And I'm not a hardcore baseball fan.

  • WeirdingWay

    No opinion on this game? Usually the news poster has something to say about games but just instead advertised the game. Paid for this? Because I certainly won't. Way overpriced. If some poopsocking laws didn't make it a problem for using sports players names in the video games we wouldn't see this overpriced trash because of a simple IP.

    • menom

      I don't think there's a need for snide remarks

      this site often posts a heads-up about a game before they've had time for a full review

      in fact one 'first impression' post not long ago was criticised for offering an early opinion which was moderated somewhat in the full review

      this is a great site and I have full confidence in the standards here - more than I can say for other review sites

  • WeirdingWay

    No opinion on this game? Usually the news poster has something to say about games but just instead advertised the game. Paid for this? Because I certainly won't. Way overpriced. If some poopsocking laws didn't make it a problem for using sports players names in the video games we wouldn't see this overpriced trash because of a simple IP.

    • menom

      I don't think there's a need for snide remarks

      this site often posts a heads-up about a game before they've had time for a full review

      in fact one 'first impression' post not long ago was criticised for offering an early opinion which was moderated somewhat in the full review

      this is a great site and I have full confidence in the standards here - more than I can say for other review sites

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    I'm an MLB fanboy, but this game is hideous!

    • jack

      why ?

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    I'm an MLB fanboy, but this game is hideous!

    • jack

      why ?

  • Adams Immersive

    IIRC, TouchArcade focuses on two kinds of games: good ones, and high profile ones that generate a lot of interest. Makes sense to me. This may be the latter but not the former :)

    But I couldn't judge since nobody I know plays baseball (and I certainly don't care who wins when strangers play a game). More impressions are coming from TA I'm sure.

  • Adams Immersive

    IIRC, TouchArcade focuses on two kinds of games: good ones, and high profile ones that generate a lot of interest. Makes sense to me. This may be the latter but not the former :)

    But I couldn't judge since nobody I know plays baseball (and I certainly don't care who wins when strangers play a game). More impressions are coming from TA I'm sure.

  • Jimmy

    The two most important pieces of a baseball video game are the pitching and batting experience. MLB World Series 2009 does a great job with both those screens. It uses the accelerometer and the touch screen, and creates a fun experience. Also, it would be better with the names, but it does have current rosters. I'd like to see some more parks, but I think the gameplay is solid.

  • Jimmy

    The two most important pieces of a baseball video game are the pitching and batting experience. MLB World Series 2009 does a great job with both those screens. It uses the accelerometer and the touch screen, and creates a fun experience. Also, it would be better with the names, but it does have current rosters. I'd like to see some more parks, but I think the gameplay is solid.

  • TRIPLEBEAMDREAM

    Currently own Baseball Superstars, 9 innings & decided to pick this up last night. Only had a short time to mess around with it, First off I thought the control system was cool, not having the actual names doesn't bother me as much as the lack of stadiums which better be addressed in an update cause when I'm using the Brewers I don't want to play at Wrigley as my home stadium. WTF

    The frame rate was very good using my 2nd gen. Touch, if your not a baseball fan don't be a hater on this game, it's worth it even with a few shortcomings, also check out 9 innings & Baseball Superstars to settle down your cravings. Definitely happy with purchase.

  • http://toucharcade TRIPLEBEAMDREAM

    Currently own Baseball Superstars, 9 innings & decided to pick this up last night. Only had a short time to mess around with it, First off I thought the control system was cool, not having the actual names doesn't bother me as much as the lack of stadiums which better be addressed in an update cause when I'm using the Brewers I don't want to play at Wrigley as my home stadium. WTF

    The frame rate was very good using my 2nd gen. Touch, if your not a baseball fan don't be a hater on this game, it's worth it even with a few shortcomings, also check out 9 innings & Baseball Superstars to settle down your cravings. Definitely happy with purchase.

  • sandro

    Well, another of those US-only games. Why can't we buy it in Switzerland. Can't see why really. Please follow up on that.

  • sandro

    Well, another of those US-only games. Why can't we buy it in Switzerland. Can't see why really. Please follow up on that.

  • NotYou

    I think it's important to note that not one person person bashing this game so far has actually played it.

  • NotYou

    I think it's important to note that not one person person bashing this game so far has actually played it.

  • bob

    hehehe $8. lol

  • bob

    hehehe $8. lol

  • matrage

    I picked it up and the accelerometer controls are kinda neat for pitching and batting. For pitching you choose the pitch swipe a straight line the straighter the line the more accurate the pitch. Then you need to tilt the device as a red circle will show you where the pitch will end up, tilt to where you want the pitch to go.
    Hitting is tilting the sweet spot a circle in the strike zone to where you think the pitch will go then pressing the swing button

    PROS
    -Actual MLB TEAMS
    -Mulitple camera angles of the field
    -Innovate Swing and Pitch Controls
    -Full 3D graphics
    -Separate pitching and batting views

    CONS
    -No player names would it kill them to use Bob instead of first baseman
    -No mission mode. After 9 innings and baseball stars I DEMAND THIS
    -No way to bunt! Unless there is and I havent figured it out
    -The ball looks like it comes in way too slow. I guess this is beacuse of the controls.
    -One stadium, and time of day
    -Lack of ability to move batter in the box

    If this was Last summer and this was the first baseball game to be released I would be worshiping the game but after the High standards set by Baseball Stars and 9 innings. This game needs some serious, updates to even be considered in the same league as those two games

    • matrage

      Sorry my Mistake there are 4 stadiums
      Yankee
      Wrigley
      Citizens Bank Park
      Fenway

  • matrage

    I picked it up and the accelerometer controls are kinda neat for pitching and batting. For pitching you choose the pitch swipe a straight line the straighter the line the more accurate the pitch. Then you need to tilt the device as a red circle will show you where the pitch will end up, tilt to where you want the pitch to go.
    Hitting is tilting the sweet spot a circle in the strike zone to where you think the pitch will go then pressing the swing button

    PROS
    -Actual MLB TEAMS
    -Mulitple camera angles of the field
    -Innovate Swing and Pitch Controls
    -Full 3D graphics
    -Separate pitching and batting views

    CONS
    -No player names would it kill them to use Bob instead of first baseman
    -No mission mode. After 9 innings and baseball stars I DEMAND THIS
    -No way to bunt! Unless there is and I havent figured it out
    -The ball looks like it comes in way too slow. I guess this is beacuse of the controls.
    -One stadium, and time of day
    -Lack of ability to move batter in the box

    If this was Last summer and this was the first baseball game to be released I would be worshiping the game but after the High standards set by Baseball Stars and 9 innings. This game needs some serious, updates to even be considered in the same league as those two games

    • matrage

      Sorry my Mistake there are 4 stadiums
      Yankee
      Wrigley
      Citizens Bank Park
      Fenway

  • adbjmb

    As a big baseball fan i own every baseball game the app store has to offer. But honestly this is the only one I keep going back to play every single day. The other three are very fun but I just feel like this one has much more of a true baseball feel to it. It's hard to go back and play a choppy baseball game like those after playing a game as fluid as this one.

  • adbjmb

    As a big baseball fan i own every baseball game the app store has to offer. But honestly this is the only one I keep going back to play every single day. The other three are very fun but I just feel like this one has much more of a true baseball feel to it. It's hard to go back and play a choppy baseball game like those after playing a game as fluid as this one.

  • Patrick

    Yeah. What the heck? You can't bunt! I hit into like 5 double plays during the last game alone. It doesn't matter if you hit the ball in the circle... they will not hit it any harder. There is no power swing. You can't steal. You can't lead off, even. You can't pop up in the infield. You can't see the players' names. You can't create a player. You can't see batting or pitching statistical leaders in your league. There are other things, but these are the main things that are bothering me. I wish I could view my team. Maybe improve my players' abilities? These things really bother me.

  • Patrick

    Yeah. What the heck? You can't bunt! I hit into like 5 double plays during the last game alone. It doesn't matter if you hit the ball in the circle... they will not hit it any harder. There is no power swing. You can't steal. You can't lead off, even. You can't pop up in the infield. You can't see the players' names. You can't create a player. You can't see batting or pitching statistical leaders in your league. There are other things, but these are the main things that are bothering me. I wish I could view my team. Maybe improve my players' abilities? These things really bother me.