Baseball is America's game. There's nothing more classic than breaking out the old Louisville Slugger for a round of pick-up, and adding sexy nurses and super-deformed dark knights in no way detracts from the feeling of nostalgia. Such is the case with the well-established Baseball Superstars franchise, which Gamevil is bringing back for another round on Android. The 2013 release was previously restricted to South Korea, Gamevil's home country, but now it's available worldwide with plenty of language options. It's a free download.

What will zero dollars and 48Mb get you? An anime-inspired baseball game with plenty of RPG elements. While the standard pitcher-hitter game is the core of Superstars 2013, it's got an RPG quest system to build up stats and get some extra boost while playing, not to mention recruit wacky players to your team. There's even a rudimentary story with, well, we're not exactly sure what the story is about, but sexy nurses seem to be involved in some capacity. Take a look at those screenshots - doesn't that scantily-clad barbarian in front of a character sheet just scream "take me out to the ballgame"?

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One-on-one multiplayer is included, and like almost all of Gamevil's recent releases, Baseball Superstars uses the in-app purchase model of revenue generation. Root users, don't panic when you get a permission request: Gamevil's just trying to cut down on the cheaters. Deny root permissions and the game will start normally.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • merman1983

    For some reason I've always really enjoyed these games. It's a bit odd to the Western gaming pallet, but once you get into it it starts making "sense". After a while the RPG elements get a bit tiresome, but I really like the baseball gameplay. You can adjust many settings including slowing things down which can make it a bit more manageable. I'm giving 9 Innings a go right now, but I have to download this and see what's new.
    I like the batting and pitching interface and with the right settings tweaks it can be just a good cartoony baseball game and you never have to get into the My Batter/Pitcher RPG modes.

    • RG_Kid

      I've played Superstar 2012, and i must agree with you that the RPG side has too much element of grinding. At low level, you'd be hard pressed to achieve anything, Gamevil really did up the ante from the previous Superstar.

      • merman1983

        It's a shame because if it wasn't trying to convince you to purchase micro-transactions constantly it would be a blast. If they had a $5 version with no micro-transactions and faster leveling I'd be in.