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

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Dave: Imagine is alive and well and living on its former glory.

World Series Baseball is another sport simulation, just as the sport is just a Yankie simulation of rounders! You have to pit your team and your wits against another player or the computer. To help you the screen shows a commentators eye view of the field with a large 'video screen' at the back displaying close ups of the Pitcher and the Batter during the game, and of the Cheerleaders between innings! (whoopeeI Ed.) The teams alternate between batting and fielding and as far as I could tell, all of the standard rules of baseball are observed.

When batting you have control over one player at a time while the rest of your team looks after itself and runs about a bit to create the illusion of something happening. When fielding you control the player that the computer decides is in the best position to retrieve the ball (just like Match Day). You've also got some control over the flow of the game by changing the angle the ball is pitched at and the timing - of the batter.

Still the reasonable graphics, and the slight strategic clement, didn't take the game close to a home run for me. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Smart sporting scenery almost makes up for lack of content, but it looks better than it plays. 3/5 HIT

Ross: The big video screen at the back's a real stunner. But as I never got a man passed second base, I'm gonna need some more practice before the Detroit Daredevils come a knocking. 3/5 HIT