Review: Cricket Power CWC 2011
With the cricket fever slowly taking it's hold, Cricket Power CWC 2011 does just enough to satisfy the asking price, as well as provide a quick fix for fans of the game.
- Worth The Time?Definitely, considering the extremely low price and the high quality product
- Things LovedThe fully licensed players and team. Smooth animations and solid batting and bowling controls. Also, the way every player has a distinct and recognisable traits.
- Things HatedThe repetitiveness and, eventually, how easy it became to hit every ball for a boundary. Also, the sadly generic performance bars associated to each player.
- RecommendationIts only R35.00 for a solid cricket experience, no reason not to buy for a few fun hours.
- Name: Cricket Power CWC 2011
- Genre: Sport
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: Karkadann Games
- Publisher: Karkadann Games
- Price: R35.00
- Reviewed On: PC
Feel it, it is here… again! The immense sense of national pride and patriotism has overcome everyone while we all eagerly support the Protea’s in India. And with all this excitement in the air, more and more people feel the irresistible urge to play cricket, even if it has been years since we last did. Let’s face it though, we don’t all have the time or place or people to set up a match of cricket in order to scratch that annoying itch, and that’s where Cricket Power CWC 2011 is perfect, for most people.
Published by Karkadann Games, a gaming studio recently launched by Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), Cricket Power CWC 2011 is a web based cricket simulation game that is an exact recreation of the cricket world cup in India, with all the right teams in their respective group and an accurate representation of all the different players in each team. After a quick sign up process, you choose your favourite team and begin your own tournament, following the exact same fixtures as in the real tournament, or if you like you can hone your skills in the nets and even play in an offline single-player mode. Each match consists of 10 over innings per team, and also includes all three power plays that cricket fans will be familiar with. All of this goes to create an authentic and real feel to the game, which will be much appreciated by fans.
This is not to say that the realism of the game is something to be worshipped. Although players are represented with their real names (not like those other unlicensed cricket games which have to alter the names), the characteristics of the different players is sometimes a bit odd. Let me explain, each player has a bar which represents their skill level in terms of batting and fielding. However, theses skill levels only comprise of three variations, either full, medium or low which is close to useless. It is understandable, as the game only costs R35.00, but it just makes the skills of each player seem generic, and this causes each player to lose some personality. On the upside, the developers have really nailed each individual’s playing style, whether it be an aggressive or defending batsmen, to the different types of bowling styles players use.
As stated by the developers, Cricket Power CWC 2011 was designed to attract a wider audience on a platform like online gaming, which means that the gameplay is more suited to casual and first time gamers rather than hardcore cricket game fanatics. Do not get me wrong though, this is by no means a game where you can constantly destroy an opposing team, because let’s face it that would get boring very quickly. The control layout is fairly simple and easy to use. By using the up and down arrow keys, you select the area in which your batsmen will take his shot, while the left and right arrow keys move him, well left of right. You control the power of the shot using the spacebar to stop a power gauge, and then use spacebar again, along with a key sense in timing, to play the shot. X and C control whether to run or cancel a run respectively. Bowling is fairly similar, with the arrow keys acting as your placement of the delivered ball, spacebar controlling the spin and power of the ball, and the number keys 1 and 2 controlling those special deliveries.
The batsman and bowler each have a confidence bar respectively, that directly affects the way they play. A bowler may become confident after taking a wicket or by bowling numerous dot balls, which goes on to unlock his special deliveries, while a batsman who is constantly hitting the ball and scoring runs may find it a bit easier to clear the boundary. The main idea here is timing for a batting side, as well as a keen sense of what shots to play and when, and as for the bowler a good sense of what types of deliveries to bowl, and a good sense of not bowling repetitive and predictable deliveries. Again I state, the game is not hard and not easy, it finds a good balance between to two, which is a good thing as no difficulty settings are offered.
All of your victories and losses are recorded and logged on the group tables, so if you want to have a shot at the final you are going to have to play for it. It is good to see a shift in difficulty when playing teams like Australia and India, and other teams such as Netherlands or Kenya, as this keeps to the realistic setting of the game. Another very useful feature is the ability to resume games that you have left or been disconnected from (we all know internet in this country), although you can only use this feature three times per game. Nevertheless, it is a much needed feature and it is satisfying to know that if you need to leave your game for an hour or two, that you can resume from the very ball you left from.
In the end, Cricket Power CWC 2011 is a great game to kill a few hours and really quench the thirst that the on-going World Cup is creating. Sure, the graphics are fairly basic and the character models don’t really do justice to the player they represent, but let’s face it, the game only costs R35.00, and one thing it does provide is a smoothly animated cricket experience that will entertain you and keep you coming back for more. It is a game that appeals to any type of audience, even if you have never played a game in your life but love the game of cricket, and all it takes is a short sign-up process and a 100mb download. So what are you waiting for, if you can’t get enough of this cricket fever, head over to www.cricketpower.com and start hitting some boundaries.