Bottom of the Ninth
As you can tell by the title, this is
a baseball game. I remember sinking way too many quarters into this
bandit. This is one of those games that was made to suck every single
quarter out of you and have you running to get change, so you can finish
Like many sports games,
this one is pretty straight forward. You are the batter or you are the
pitcher. You have to score more runs to win. But where this game was
evil is that it would give you a set amount of time for each quarter you
put in, when the time ran out, so did the game. So I never played a full
game at the arcade as I didn't feel like pouring a few bucks into the
game. But I would usually play a few innings and see how I would do. Now
with MAME, I can not only play a full game, but I can also take my time.
No more swinging at the first pitch to speed the game up, I can sit back
and wait for the right one! This really makes the game better!
The game plays as a typical baseball game
of the era, you have four pitches to choose from and select them by
pushing the joystick either up, down, right or left. They are the
typical pitches, fast ball, curveball, changeup and slow ball. The
pitcher and hitter are both very large and well drawn. The hitter can
move back and forth around the box, but that is about it. Just time it
right and swing!
The defense is the usual fare, get under
the ball to catch it. You use the joystick to aim at the base you wish
to throw the ball. Right for first, up for second, left for third and
down for home.
One humorous thing is when you hit a
homerun, it sounds like you are hitting it with an aluminum bat, as
opposed to the wood bats used in the majors. Maybe this is really a
college baseball simulator?
As you can guess, the teams and players
are all fictious. But this doesn't stop it from being a good game. So
if you are looking for some fun baseball, then download Bottom of the
Ninth and play a game! It won't cost you a fortune anymore!
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the
actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay. Click below to
see if you can find this game.