Freeverse_logoFreeverse's upcoming baseball game, Flick Baseball is looking even more impressive than when we first saw it at WWDC. In the past few months the developers have been adding all kinds of functionality to the game, creating an amazingly complete baseball experience for the iPhone. We had a chance to take a look at an early build of the game at GDC Austin 2009.

Different game modes are included ranging from exhibition games to a full 165 game season mode where you play from opening day to the championships. If you don't want to commit to quite that much baseball, 11, 33, and 66 game seasons are also available. There's even a multiplayer homerun derby mode.

Flick Baseball has a lineup of 34 teams to choose from, each with different rosters and statistics. The game doesn't have MLB licensing, but you can customize absolutely ever aspect of the teams from names to jersey colors. If playing as the Cubs is important to you, and you're willing to spend the time to build the entire team, there's nothing stopping you.

Freeverse has released this trailer video of the game's customization and gameplay:

And of course Flick Baseball has Plus+ along with the standard load out of social networking integration to brag about your scores via email, Twitter, Facebook, and others.

Flick Baseball is still in development and should be released during the fourth quarter of this year.

  • SalsaMD

    been waiting for this for a while. Character modeling seems lower in quality than previous videos though. Also wish they had made a higher quality video to showcase the game...

  • SalsaMD

    been waiting for this for a while. Character modeling seems lower in quality than previous videos though. Also wish they had made a higher quality video to showcase the game...

  • Jensen

    Graphics look awful, but if gameplay is good (think Homerun Slugger but expanded to a whole baseball game) I will overlook that

    • SalsaMD

      Hard to overlook as the game has been in development for so long and was initially boasted as having the "best character models of any iphone sports game" earlier this year. The models are nowhere near those of Gameloft and EA, which granted have larger development teams than that of this title.

  • Jensen

    Graphics look awful, but if gameplay is good (think Homerun Slugger but expanded to a whole baseball game) I will overlook that

    • SalsaMD

      Hard to overlook as the game has been in development for so long and was initially boasted as having the "best character models of any iphone sports game" earlier this year. The models are nowhere near those of Gameloft and EA, which granted have larger development teams than that of this title.

  • dmbfan1192

    This looks awful. I guess it's the first true baseball game on the iPhone but still... Can one of you elaborate on what makes this play better than it looks?

  • Cravin' Gamin'

    I wish Baseball Slugger had a full game sim. That would be the best.

  • dmbfan1192

    This looks awful. I guess it's the first true baseball game on the iPhone but still... Can one of you elaborate on what makes this play better than it looks?

  • Cravin' Gamin'

    I wish Baseball Slugger had a full game sim. That would be the best.

  • WolfgangK

    "I wish Baseball Slugger had a full game sim. That would be the best."

    this.

    Whoever does the above will be snappin' necks and cashin' checks. Seriously. I thought baseball would be the easiest sport to get up and running properly on the iDevice, but STILL no one's really done it right.

    • arn

      it's worth noting that Baseball Slugger would look much worse than it does if they had to model of whole team of players at once.

      Same reason why Backbreaker football can look so good with only a couple of players.

      arn

      • SalsaMD

        True, except that with baseball, the camera angles need rarely focus on all nine players at once. One can actively switch between camera angles containing 9-n players and 4-n batters/runners. In some cases however, if for example the bases are loaded, it could get complicated.

      • dmbfan1192

        It's not so much that the models look bad; it's that the animations aren't smooth. Sure the players are jagged but that would be easy to forgive if they moved realistically. Its like 3D models were put in a baseball game from the early 90s.

      • Rob

        Well the Toucharcade Backbreaker video only showed a couple of characters on screen because it was the really early levels. Even at the end of the first challenge you get 5 or 6 defenders thrown at you.

      • Scott30

        Trust me Backbreaker only has a few guys on screen at once they simply appear and disappear as you go by them. Nowhere close to 22 men on the field!

        And Arn the great thing about Slugger is the hitting mechanics which haven't been in any Baseball Sim yet. I would setting for lesser graphics and have those hitting mechanics in a sim but I think those graphics are doable anyway in a Baseball Sim not like they have to put much more on the field. A football game is much harder to do with 22 players moving at once.

  • WolfgangK

    "I wish Baseball Slugger had a full game sim. That would be the best."

    this.

    Whoever does the above will be snappin' necks and cashin' checks. Seriously. I thought baseball would be the easiest sport to get up and running properly on the iDevice, but STILL no one's really done it right.

    • arn

      it's worth noting that Baseball Slugger would look much worse than it does if they had to model of whole team of players at once.

      Same reason why Backbreaker football can look so good with only a couple of players.

      arn

      • SalsaMD

        True, except that with baseball, the camera angles need rarely focus on all nine players at once. One can actively switch between camera angles containing 9-n players and 4-n batters/runners. In some cases however, if for example the bases are loaded, it could get complicated.

      • dmbfan1192

        It's not so much that the models look bad; it's that the animations aren't smooth. Sure the players are jagged but that would be easy to forgive if they moved realistically. Its like 3D models were put in a baseball game from the early 90s.

      • Rob

        Well the Toucharcade Backbreaker video only showed a couple of characters on screen because it was the really early levels. Even at the end of the first challenge you get 5 or 6 defenders thrown at you.

      • Scott30

        Trust me Backbreaker only has a few guys on screen at once they simply appear and disappear as you go by them. Nowhere close to 22 men on the field!

        And Arn the great thing about Slugger is the hitting mechanics which haven't been in any Baseball Sim yet. I would setting for lesser graphics and have those hitting mechanics in a sim but I think those graphics are doable anyway in a Baseball Sim not like they have to put much more on the field. A football game is much harder to do with 22 players moving at once.

  • Paul

    I agree with the above, that doesn't look very appealing, graphics looked rough.

  • Paul

    I agree with the above, that doesn't look very appealing, graphics looked rough.

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    ughhh...looks awful. Come one Baseball Slugger we're rooting for you!!!

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    ughhh...looks awful. Come one Baseball Slugger we're rooting for you!!!

  • JC2009

    The graphics do not look good. At this point, I'd rather just play BS 2010. I am spoiled by the concept of building my own player.

  • JC2009

    The graphics do not look good. At this point, I'd rather just play BS 2010. I am spoiled by the concept of building my own player.

  • Colorsound

    It does look repulsive.

    Also, take notice of how the bat disappears when he swings (behind the plate view) - Should be easy to see, as the batter only has about 3 frames of animation.

    I was really waiting on this one but I don't know anymore. I would love to see what Com2us can come up with.

  • Colorsound

    It does look repulsive.

    Also, take notice of how the bat disappears when he swings (behind the plate view) - Should be easy to see, as the batter only has about 3 frames of animation.

    I was really waiting on this one but I don't know anymore. I would love to see what Com2us can come up with.

  • rich_952000

    I understand it's not "next gen" quality, however I feel for a ground-up iDevice program it seems appealing to me.

  • rich_952000

    I understand it's not "next gen" quality, however I feel for a ground-up iDevice program it seems appealing to me.

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    Bud Weiser LOL...yeah the graphics are pretty bad and the player movement is awkward. I love sports games but I'll think I'll pass on this one.

  • http://hawks12thman.webs.com/ hawks12thman

    Bud Weiser LOL...yeah the graphics are pretty bad and the player movement is awkward. I love sports games but I'll think I'll pass on this one.

  • Jeff

    feels like the animations need some work, but it's still in development so w/e.

  • Jeff

    feels like the animations need some work, but it's still in development so w/e.

  • Scott30

    Funny how little gameplay they show in the video, Im sure we know why.

    • Jensen

      Really. Do I really care what the team selection screen looks like? Show me the BEEF!

  • Scott30

    Funny how little gameplay they show in the video, Im sure we know why.

    • Jensen

      Really. Do I really care what the team selection screen looks like? Show me the BEEF!

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    The "game-play" trailer is too short, it would be better if it shows more of the gameplay

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com fun games for kids

    The "game-play" trailer is too short, it would be better if it shows more of the gameplay