Let it not be said that I don’t write about sports games. Also, I’m pretty sure that I reviewed FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa for this very website. Hang on a minute I’m just going to check that wild claim… Oh look! I totally did.
Considering I haven’t spoken about a sports game for around three years now, I think it’s high time I wrote about the genre I know next to nothing about; or absolutely nothing about depending on how good your knowledge of sports games is.
Peek/poke Studios is a two-man development team based at home here in South Africa. They’re busy putting the finishing touches on their new game called Cricket Heroes. The game is described as an arcade-like cricket simulator with management elements. Don’t let the adorable presentation fool you; as far as Peek/Poke is aware, Cricket Heroes is the “most comprehensive and accurate cricket game on the market right now.”
What is it that makes the development team thinks this? Well, for a start the game includes things like dynamic weather and varying pitch conditions, a reactive AI, stat tracking, career modes, dynamic commentary and ball deterioration. That last point made me LOL a bit, and there may or may not have been a joke made about it until I learnt that ball deterioration is actually a thing in cricket that happens. Who knew?!
The game is actually already playable, but Peek/Poke has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise cash to give the graphics a bit of a facelift. As the lead developer Kurt Kruger puts it, “the game is complete, it’s playable and it’s tons of fun… but graphics sell.”
We’re really loving the fact that we’re writing more and more articles about locally produced games; it makes us feel all warm and mushy and stuff.