iOOTP Baseball is 99 Cents This Weekend; New Update Adds 2nd Wild Card and More
OOTP Developments’ iOOTP Baseball 2012 is on sale this weekend, Friday through Sunday, for just $0.99. (It’s normally $4.99.) It’s the mobile version of the company’s Out of the Park Baseball app for PC/Mac, which lets you run a baseball team from top to bottom, setting lineups and pitching rotations, dictating strategies, trading players, negotiating contracts, grooming the next generation of superstars, and more.
iOOTP also recently saw another update that adds the second wild card for each league to the game. Now players will be able to guide their teams to the play-in wild card games that are happening in real life this Friday. Other new features include: Pitches Thrown and Pitcher Status added to the Field View screen; a Show Opponent button to see who’s coming up next in the other team’s lineup after pinch-hitting for a pitcher or other player; and the ability to look at past champions for every year played, not just the previous season.
The addition of the second wild card is compatible with saved games, so as long as you are at least one day before the end of the regular season in your current game, you’ll be able to use the expanded playoff format.
iOOTP Baseball 2012 was released this past April. The iPad HD version is included free, so when you play it on an iPad, it automatically takes advantage of the larger screen.
iOOTP’s core features include:
- Three game modes: Major Leagues, which lets players guide their favorite major league team through the 2012 season and beyond; Fictional, which serves up a fresh world full of fictional players, providing a unique challenge each time; and Historical, which offers three exciting past seasons to recreate — 1924, 1969, and 2004 — with the ability to buy more through in-app purchases.
- Managerial options that enable players to set lineups, pitching rotations, and depth charts before taking the field to make in-game calls, including when to issue hit-and-run and steal signs, how to configure the defense, when to pull pitchers and put in pinch-hitters, and more. Players can also let the computer handle those decisions and set a series of sliders that dictate overall strategies, such as aggressiveness on the base paths, how often to pitch around batters, and more. They can simulate their season a day or a week at a time, jumping back in to manage games whenever they want.
- A play-by-play text stream that describes what’s happening on the field during the game, making it feel like a radio broadcast.
- An in-depth financial system that allows players to unleash their inner GM. Are they “Moneyball” disciples, looking for undervalued players who help the team win while keeping payroll low, or are they free-wheeling spenders seeking high-profile free agents? Players oversee trades, negotiate contract extensions, sign free agents, draft players, cultivate minor league prospects, move players between the active roster, minor league roster and disabled list, and more.
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