Indian gaming start-up Nautilus Mobile known for Real Cricket games has another spin-off game that focuses only on the Indian Premier League (IPL). Available as a free download on Play Store and App Store, the game takes up just 135MB after installation and works well on low-configuration Android phones.
Graphics and audio
The game has a very different layout from other Real Cricket games. The entire game is about the IPL. One can play in the ongoing IPL, take part in challenge mode based on situations from matches in previous IPL seasons. Users can also play in quick matches against any team from IPL. While quick matches are accessible all the time, to play in the league, you need to have a certain amount of gold coins (the in-game currency) in your inventory. The game also allows users to choose their own team by buying players in auctions. The game menu and home page look colourful, but the graphics in matches look similar to the earlier edition of Real Cricket. So if you have played the earlier game, don’t expect anything new visually. The characters and the stadium look basic and look nothing like their real-life counterparts.
The developer has also added the IPL trumpet tune as the background music. During matches one can also listen to live commentary. It’s a nice addition but the commentary is basic and repetitive.
It is a single player game and works offline. The gameplay is challenging, though. Even at the easiest level, it is tough to win matches. The game also uses real player names, but the team names have bene changed a bit. The game offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how you want to play and how much time you want to spend on it. You can adjust the game’s length, toughness, or add a pitch cursor which can make batting easy. The on-screen controls are quite intuitive and easy to remember. You can improve your performance by upgrading your team kits. It includes bats, balls, shoes and in-app gold coins, which you can acquire by paying real cash or watching free videos.
Real Cricket is an old wine in a new bottle. For an IPL fan or a casual gamer, this offers plenty of fun. But for a cricket fan looking for a new game, it is just using an old formula.
Real Cricket Premier League
Free (In-app purchases cost Rs10 to Rs650)
Developed by Nautilus Mobile
Tested on: OnePlus One (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, 64GB storage)