If you were turned off by “RBI Baseball 15” on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One earlier this month, the iOS version won’t exactly change your mind fully on the series, but to be fair, the type of simple gameplay it creates is just perfect on the iPhone and iPad.
Simple to play, the game just feels tailor-made for the platform. Simple button presses and easier throwing and pitching mechanics on the touch-screen make “RBI Baseball 15” on the iOS a better game than the next-generation versions.
In the end, that’s more what this game is about- an homage to the golden age of gaming and sports games. It is not, in any way, shape, or form, a game that is competition for “MLB The Show,” but it doesn’t have to be.
Simply put, it’s the best looking and complete baseball game on the iOS and Android.
Visually, “RBI Baseball 15” looks more like a first-generation PlayStation 2 game. This hurts the next-generation versions, but on the iPad or iPhone, it’s pretty- even if there aren’t many different pitching or batting stances. And although there’s also no play-by-play, only one-camera for hitting and fielding and few different battling stances and pitching styles, you’ll most likely have your music going while playing anyway, so again, another weakness has somehow turned into a strength for the mobile version.
Overall, there’s nothing wrong with “RBI Baseball 15” if you’re looking for a simple, easy to play game on your iOS or Android device. While the game often crashed and locked up our iPhone 4S, it played great on the latest iPad. The feeling you’ll get from manipulating your pitches or hover boarding your batter across the batter’s box are still fun ones and work perfectly in a gaming situation where you’re not looking so much for depth, just something that does what it’s supposed to.
Retro: Easy to play, this is the game you’ll play with your dad. And the only one he’ll beat you in.
Updated Rosters: Even on the iOS and Android, the game’s rosters are consistently updated, making it incredibly easy to play with all the latest team-by-team transactions.
Good Looking Ballparks: From Yankee Stadium to The Big Green Monster, the best thing visually about “RBI Baseball 15” is the realistic ballparks.
No Play-By-Play: With just retro sound effects and Strike, Ball, Safe and Out calls, the audio presentation in “RBI Baseball 15” is one of the game’s biggest problems.
Lack of Individuality: Unlike “The Show,” there’s no feeling of power or speed or precision when solid players are at the plate or on the bases. With a lack of pitching styles and stances, there’s never that super authenticity you expect from a next-generation sports game.
Animation Glitches: From long throws and players running the bases, you’ll often see graphical glitches or “jumps.” While it doesn’t hinder the gameplay experience, it does hurt the overall polish.
“RBI Baseball 15” is a solid mobile game, especially considering the stat-tracking elements and updated rosters, making it the game to have this season if you want some baseball on the go.