Game Review: Cricket Captain 2017 is a rare management game
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Cricket management game Cricket Captain continues to be popular even after 20 years and doesn’t really have any rivals, so to speak. The latest game in the series, known as Cricket Captain 2017, is now available on Windows 10 PCs and Google’s Android devices. PC gamers can download it from Steam online store for a one-time payment of Rs619, while at Rs490 on Play Store. You can get it for Mac OS for $16.
Developed by Kavcomm and published by UK-based Childish Things, Cricket Captain 2017 is very differently handled compared to the likes of Don Bradman Cricket. It allows users to control a player mentally instead of stepping into their shoes to whack every ball out of the ground.
The game features England’s leading bowler Jimmy Anderson on the cover. The home screen has been updated and a lot of in-game features have been added. Players can now play in 20-over leagues of all major cricket playing countries, four new international stadiums modelled on Taunton, Bristol, Cardiff and Hobart have been added and more historical scenarios dating back to 1957 are now available in the game. The regular game modes include the entire ICC itinerary for all test playing nations, World Cup, World Twenty 20, Champions Trophy and the Internet game where you can challenge another player online in a two-player match.
The in-match graphics have been improved, in parts. Player faces still need improvement and don’t look anything like their real-life counterparts. But team jerseys in limited-over matches look more realistic, and stadiums look a lot like the original. One of the strengths of Cricket Captain series is that it has the licence to use real player names and teams. With the new game, the teams have been updated and new players have been added to the teams they play for. The visual and gameplay remains the same on all platforms. So you won’t miss out on any of the features if you opt for the mobile version.
The gameplay continues to be as challenging as in the previous versions. You can pick your team and allocate different coaching sessions to them to improve their skill levels. Details such as pitch conditions and weather play an important part and need to be reviewed carefully before deciding to bat or bowl. For instance, if you direct a batsman running low on stamina to attack, he is likely to get out soon. Similarly, trying different variations while bowling increases the chances of taking a wicket.
It works offline and has been optimised well for devices with low storage. It takes up just 200MB of space on both PC and Smartphone after installation.
There are no in-app purchases, which means you don’t have to spend real money again in the game.
Cricket Captain 2017 adds new players, stadium and tournaments to the series. If you are looking for some serious and realistic cricket experience, it is a must buy.