Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball

Nintendo NES

Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 4

Sound: 5

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 8

No, I have no idea who the hell Dusty Diamond is either. Honestly, I don't care. All I know is that his video game is one of the entertaining games of baseball/softball ever conceived. Definitely a game that didn't get it's deserved amount of credit.

What we have here is an video game adaptation of sandlot baseball, called softball on the games title screen. Your allowed to select slow or fast pitch, so that's where the softball aspect comes in. Anyway, before you begin, you must select your team. The pick-a-player screen boasts a huge number of players to pick from, each with specific skills. The catch is, you don't know their skills. Just like heading down to a park, you just guess who you think will be beneficial to your team. 

Not only can you pick your entire squad (and name it), but also the are you play in, each with it's own ground rules. Break a window at the school yard, and it's a an automatic out. Have a ball roll off the cliff at the...uh....cliff and it's a ground rule double. You'll play in all of these areas, including a full size ball park, on your quest to become champion, or something along those lines. The final team is composes entirely of impossible to beat women who WILL make you earn your trophy.

2-players can of course go head-to-head. Each player will pick their roster as they see fit. There's no boring turn-based selection here. It's a mad dash to pick the best players as quickly as possible. The gameplay is as simplistic as it can be, meaning anyone can pick this one and play it instantly.

Crude is the only way to describe this games looks. Very few things make this one attractive. It's amusing to see players step up to the box swinging maces, pick-axes, and brooms, but the actual players look hilariously bad, as if drawn by a 3-year old. The on field graphics aren't much better, but it's easy enough to make out the necessary items. The music fits the mood of the game, but not much else. Don't expect the NES to be pushed here in any way.

Simplistic games really don't get any better than this. It doesn't need stats, create-a-player, or numerous types of pitches. It's nothing but all out fun. It's just one of those games that never garnered the attention that it deserved an would've very easily been passed up by the casual gamer. If you can get passed the looks, you'll find a thoughrougly enjoyable and underrated title that belong in everyone's library.

Tip: Immediately go for the witch and devil when selecting your players. They may be slow, but your practically guaranteed 2 HR's a piece from these 2.


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Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 02:23 PM