Game Review: Big Bash Cricket lacks the vigour of a new game
Cricket fans can now play with the latest squad from the ongoing Big Bash season on their smartphone
Big Ant Studios, known for Ashes Cricket and Don Bradman Cricket games for PC and console, and Cricket Australia have updated the official mobile games series of the Big Bash T20 league. The new game is called the Big Bash Cricket and it offers latest squads from men’s and women’s Big Bash league along with more customisation options and game modes. Android and iOS users can get the game for free at the Play Store and the App Store.
Big Bash Cricket retains some of the key elements of the predecessor. For instance, it works offline, which means one can play it anytime and anywhere without bothering about the network quality at any point during the gameplay. It doesn’t take up much space and asks for 150MB of space to install. Also, it is free to play with no in app purchases involved. So you can access all players, teams and game modes without paying a dime.
The new game offers more customisation options. Now users can tinker with the colour of the bat, ball, helmet, cap, and stumps. Users who are not familiar with the new players don’t have to search for them online. Cricket Australia has furnished details for every player in men and women’s league within the game. Users can also assess their performance in the Stats section.
Players have now access to three game modes—quick match, tournament and the new Challenge mode, which puts players in the middle of a scenario and asks them to complete and objective. It can be anything from chasing a target, taking a certain number of wickets or defending a team total.
The basic controls haven’t changed, but feel a lot more intuitive. Earlier one had to swipe hard to play a lofted shot. Running between the wickets and fielding is still automated, so players can focus properly on batting and bowling.
In terms of visuals the game hasn’t changed much. You can’t change the camera angles or run a quick replay to relish a good shot or a wicket. Big Bash Cricket offers more depth and options for cricket fans than the predecessor but hasn’t tried to make the game more exciting by improving graphics. Existing players of Big Bash 2016 would love to switch to it for the latest teams, but if you were looking for something more refreshing it is a big disappointment.
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