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Sean Pearce
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Splendid Accolade baseball sim deservedly re-released for a new audience, and a bargain at £2.99. As with most of those US games, it's high on detail and atmosphere, and not exactly the easiest game to get into straight away - but that's no bad thing from time to time. When this originally appeared three years ago, we Brits were a touch less potty on baseball than we are now, and as a result it didn't create much of a splash. Viewed again, it clearly falls into the same sort of category as Leader Board and the earlier US Gold multi-game compilations — professional, detailed programming of a standard that we don't see too much of in these islands. Games in the US, of course, retail for much more than the ten measly quid we lucky oiks pay, but as a result their games are often that much more complex and well thought out. Hardball! is no exception, and this Speccy conversion does the original proud. Fun gaming, different from the rest and extremely addictive.