Download if: You love minigames and tolerate baseball
The release of this game was the tipping point for me writing this article, because I think a lot of the gaming world is missing out on this addicting, experimental game. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball may sound like a sports game on the outside, but it’s actually a set of engrossing, WarioWare-esque minigames that just so happen to be built around the fundamentals of baseball. Real Deal finds so many novel ways to reuse batting, catching and throwing that this becomes a glorious time waster.
But Real Deal Baseball is also one of Nintendo’s few experiments in the realm of free-to-play gaming. You start with limited demos of the minigames, then head to the shop to buy a full version from Rusty, the pitiable canine owner that can be haggled down to a lower, actual price of the minigame. If you spend a little extra time talking with Rusty, you can get a $4.00 game for $1.80. It makes purchasing content into a fun game on its own, and you’ll get so engrossed in Rusty’s humorous family drama, you might just keep buying stuff just to hear about his sad sack life.