I brought in a pricey, 6-year old consultant to test the product. It took a little time to get set up and going, but once we had everything figured out we knew our way around the field of dreams, a basic neighborhood field or you can move up to bigger and fancier fields. The game was set on the easy level that allowed her to hit every pitch at which she swung. After she finished her game (her team, the Rangers, lost and it was no surprise), I changed the level to medium and it was very tough to hit the ball. Time passed and the adults got the hang of it.
Later, the dad got hooked on the game -- so it's great for adults, too. Not only do you get pro ballers, you get regular kids with personality including a clumsy girl and a rock n' rollin' boy who do their shtick while at bat or on the field. This makes the game more entertaining and a bonus is that you can play other players and get software bug fixes while connected to the Internet.
The only thing I wish it had was the ability to create team names from scratch instead of limiting the coach to stock names. Other than that, the game is batting 1.000.
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What we like most about the program are its many options that give children control over the experience. Kids can design team uniforms, create custom players, play alone or with others over the Internet, and so on. They choose each pitch, when to swing the bat and how hard to hit. Just like the real thing, the game takes practice, but it's thoroughly engaging and downright addictive.
Flaws are few. There are some non-interruptible animation sequences that we would have skipped if we could and the save features are limited, only allowing season games to be saved. Also, the program requires some reading at first, until you've got the navigation system memorized. All in all, though, this is a great program for many reasons. It breaks stereotypes (girls and physically challenged players play) and racial barriers (a cornucopia of ethnicities are represented) and it's just plain fun to boot.