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Baseball (flash) from sandlots to majors. Arguably harder than actual baseball.
posted by klangklangston (50 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
i can't get past level 2...
posted by empath at 2:42 PM on July 23, 2007

I can't find many visual cues in the pitching graphics to tell me where to put the bat and when to swing. Looks fun, but is infuriating.
posted by anthill at 2:42 PM on July 23, 2007

You need to hit the ball when it's over the transparent area which represents the end of your bat. Home runs seem to come when you hit with the thicker end, and when the ball is half-on the transparent white bit, half-off. YMMV.
posted by djgh at 2:44 PM on July 23, 2007

. . . oh no Mrs Jonson, we just want to use nola as third base.
posted by nola at 2:45 PM on July 23, 2007

If you liked this (or perhaps think your kids will), try the Backyard Sports series. Good stuff, seriously.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:48 PM on July 23, 2007

this game has the worst second level in the history of internet flash games.

posted by dopamine at 3:02 PM on July 23, 2007 [1 favorite]

And yet, whilst repeatedly banging your mouse against your forehead during the fourth level, you will reflect fondly on the glory days of the second level, when all was good and true with the world and your destiny seemed marginally within your control.

Then, when you finally get past the fourth, you get to do it all over again, with the fences moved back.
posted by googly at 3:06 PM on July 23, 2007 [2 favorites]

Every time I do manage to connect, I keep expecting it to take me to a page where I can sign up to receive a free iPod.
posted by herichon at 3:07 PM on July 23, 2007 [2 favorites]

Fun, but it would be nice if it were more like the Wii baseball and less a soul crushing series of near impossible goals. (Gave up on the back to back home runs). I couldn't get two home runs out of 10, let alone two in a row.
posted by Debaser626 at 3:08 PM on July 23, 2007

Who's on first?
posted by Artaud at 3:09 PM on July 23, 2007

I concur. Level 2 makes me want to chop my clicking finger off. As a punishment, I made my hitter wear the most garish uniform imaginable.
posted by afx237vi at 3:14 PM on July 23, 2007

Why the hell did they make it that hard? It could have been a nice little game.
posted by sveskemus at 3:15 PM on July 23, 2007

scoring the back to back homeruns on level 4 isn't exactly easy
posted by patricio at 3:18 PM on July 23, 2007

I made it to the show, baby. Enter code 37hy44lm at to play in the majors.
posted by Justinian at 3:19 PM on July 23, 2007

Uh, if you guys are having trouble on sandlot good luck in the show ;x
posted by Justinian at 3:19 PM on July 23, 2007

The secret to level 2 is to hug the plate and swing a little early. you'll connect every time.
posted by casconed at 3:19 PM on July 23, 2007

I made it to level 6, and they gave me the ten consecutive hits task again. That's just silly.
posted by edverb at 3:28 PM on July 23, 2007

Stuck on level 6. When you're cursing out animated little leaguers, it's time to take a timeout from the internets.
posted by thatweirdguy2 at 3:29 PM on July 23, 2007

Where is the option to bat lefty?
posted by Eideteker at 3:37 PM on July 23, 2007

I mean, seriously, I don't care what color I'm wearing, but at least let me wield the bat properly.
posted by Eideteker at 3:37 PM on July 23, 2007


"gawd damnit"
posted by YoBananaBoy at 3:37 PM on July 23, 2007

I made it to the end. It's so totally not worth it.
posted by Justinian at 3:46 PM on July 23, 2007

I'm still trying to succeed at Gimme Friction.
posted by MtDewd at 3:51 PM on July 23, 2007

I can't get by level 2 either; hafta try the advice above. I was slamming lots of HRs, but also very good at swinging and missing. I'm the Dave Kingman of Pinch Hitter 2.
posted by ibmcginty at 3:52 PM on July 23, 2007 [2 favorites]

Home runs come from the sweet spot. Near as I can tell, the sweet spot is your mouse pointer. If you can judge where the ball will cross the plate, click right as it's about to do so with your mouse where the ball is/will be.

For the no strikes/outs one, concentrate on hitting the ball high. It will cause you to hit choppers that can't be caught for an out. You can usually keep your bat in the upper third of the strike zone. Watch, though, because around the 9th pitch he'll start throwing them low to catch you off guard.
posted by Eideteker at 3:55 PM on July 23, 2007

At first I hated it, but, I got addicted and got all the way to the majors in about a half hour. I now have a password to play the first 8 levels in the Majors. Oh, and as for any advice, you can't really pass this sort of skill on… you've either got it or…
posted by JBennett at 3:59 PM on July 23, 2007

Hee hee, I just hit one for 2 pts. Practically a bunt!

Also note that the fielder moves to where you last hit the ball. Don't try to hit it the exact same way twice!
posted by Eideteker at 4:04 PM on July 23, 2007

I played until I got 10 hits in the first round, but I didn't get a home run.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:04 PM on July 23, 2007

This game is awesome.
posted by null terminated at 4:05 PM on July 23, 2007

Where's the part where I get to go to the clubhouse and take steroids?
posted by goatdog at 4:11 PM on July 23, 2007

Watch the shadow of the ball...
posted by autodidact at 4:14 PM on July 23, 2007

The greatest entertainment that comes out of these games, for me, is to read the sufferings of the people trying to play it. Thanks, guys!
posted by invitapriore at 4:53 PM on July 23, 2007

Felt pretty good about myself for a second there... Got a HR on the very first try in little league level 1, and that was following back-to-back homers at the end of the sandlot. Then in little league level 2 i made it through on the first try.

Then I got to little league level 3... I have been able to get as high as 8000, and that was without a single home run (lots of long hits and 2x's). It seems that the only way to make it through is to get AT LEAST 2 home runs, one of them being an 8K HR and the other being a 4K or 8K...
posted by LoopyG at 4:55 PM on July 23, 2007

Unless you have your home run aim perfected, don't even bother trying for them on the "no strikes or outs" rounds. Instead, target the bat above the pitch so you hit a ground ball.

I had to repeat round two about 15 times, including three attempts in a row in which I was caught out on the last pitch. Now I know why it's called "Mousebreakers."
posted by Riki tiki at 4:58 PM on July 23, 2007

The Show is fucking impossible.
posted by empath at 5:31 PM on July 23, 2007

All of this guy's games suck. Part of the fun of a game is having half a chance to win. These games require 100% correct responses 100% of the time. You waste your time on these games. Only the perfect can play them.
posted by Deathalicious at 5:36 PM on July 23, 2007

>is perfect<

posted by Justinian at 6:01 PM on July 23, 2007

Got up to the mousebreaker thing pretty easily. I'm way too unamused and lazy to take part in this guys self-promotion.
posted by substrate at 6:03 PM on July 23, 2007

Used the hug-the-plate technique for level two. Hit 2 balls in a row for zero points each.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 6:49 PM on July 23, 2007

Wow. I'm ashamed to admit how many times I slammed my fist or how many things were almost smashed simply for having the misfortune of being around me while playing this fucking game. It's frightening...

Seriously, I've spend some very maddening time now trying to pass Level Two, and I while I can lay my bat on almost anything in a lateral sense, the strike I miss vertically every time makes me want to kill a motherfucker. I might just be stupid, but I can't see what I'm missing.
posted by rollbiz at 7:05 PM on July 23, 2007

Seriously, a fucking retry button would have been too much to ask? I really have to get sent back to the main menu, to choose level 2 YET AGAIN? Bollocks. I'm going to go play some Scrabble with my wife. At least there, I've got a marginal chance of victory.
posted by god hates math at 7:07 PM on July 23, 2007

I'm on level 7.

Goal = hit for 15,000 points.
I just hit for 14,333.

My experience -
- Use the sweet spot of the bat.
- Click your mouse just as the ball approaches the change in the grass to the dirt.
- Ignore the red batters box guides.

On level 7 -
- Hope that you get one home run with a "x2" bonus to give you and extra 4000 points with one swing.
- If you get one "x2" home run, then one other HR, thats 12000 points. Then you need only 3000 points in 8 other hits to achieve 15000.
posted by mikeinclifton at 7:26 PM on July 23, 2007

You're killing me, Smalls!
posted by saraswati at 7:30 PM on July 23, 2007

I finally beat that motherfucking game.

Getting 20,000 was impossible. I had to get 2 8,000 home runs and a 4,000 point home run and not outs.

The level after that is easier and more fun.
posted by empath at 9:29 PM on July 23, 2007

The World Series level is insane and arbitrary. Even if a ball goes to the wall, a runner could be thrown out.

Somehow I beat it, though.
posted by dirigibleman at 10:04 PM on July 23, 2007

God that was annoying. Level 9 was insanely, insanely hard.

I loved the control you had with the ball. You can hit under it for flies, over it for grounders, and you can time it to hit it anywhere in the field.
posted by null terminated at 2:16 AM on July 24, 2007

A slightly less insanely hard baseball game over at Miniclip.
posted by hydatius at 2:48 AM on July 24, 2007

Yeah, it's so close to being a really good game, if they came up with some better challenges.
posted by empath at 6:21 AM on July 24, 2007

Anyone have any other codes? I've gotten over 18,000 twice and 17k three times on level 9, but I can't beat it.
posted by nevercalm at 7:43 AM on July 24, 2007

I achieved five outs in an at bat. Is that good?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 6:54 AM on July 25, 2007

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