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Freddie Flintoff Hits DS for Six

Posted by James Newton

First cricket game heading to the handheld

Last year's Ashes Cricket 2009 on Wii was a huge success for Codemasters, but the lack of a DS version disappointed fans who wanted a bit of leather-on-willow on the move. Thankfully UK developer Fuzzy Frog Games has stepped in to fill the gap with Freddie Flintoff's Power Play Cricket on the way to DS in August.

Taking an arcade-style approach to the sport, the game promises all the high-speed action you'd expect from the sport, with multiplayer, World Tour and Challenge modes all included. England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff (nicknamed Freddie) is lending his name to the game, and the touchscreen controls should make for intuitive batting and bowling. We'll see if this one bowls us over when it launches across Europe on August 6th.

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User Comments (4)

Chozo85

#1

Chozo85 said:

I'm a big fan of cricket but I don't think it translates very well to the video game format. Few people have the patience to play through a five day test match and even twenty/20 matches take a while to play. It always seems difficult to emulate batting and bowling as well. Ashes cricket 09 on the Wii was ok, the batting was certainly quite fun but the bowling was poorly implemented and very boring. It will be interesting to see how this game turns out.

Sylverstone

#3

Sylverstone said:

I like cricket a lot (West Indies are the home team for me).

Though I may not get this.... _

Bankai

#4

Bankai said:

The problem for cricket games is they have a limited International appeal. Unlike Soccer or Basketball, a cricket game has almost no hope of selling well in the US or England.

As a result, budgets for cricket games are typically smaller, as the publiser expects fewer global sales, and as a result of THAT cricket games tend to have a lot of corners cut in development.

Wii Cricket was a decent go at it, but very B-grade compared to a Madden, Tiger Woods, PES or NBA 2K10

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