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Magnavox Odyssey Games

General Information

Developer - Magnavox

Publisher - Magnavox

Release - 1972

Magnavox Odyssey baseball

Two players use a combination of on-screen movement, dice, and play cards to simulate a game of baseball

The first baseball videogame ever. But, as usual with the Odyssey, the gameplay is limited. It's still: player 1 tries to throw ball past player 2, player 2 tries to intercept it and throw back ball past player 1. Another "tennis" variation in fact.

Fortunately, a nice colorful plastic overlay is here to help you think you are actually playing a baseball game. Rules are also quite advanced for an Odyssey game with many subtilities.

Extract from Chronogamer's review: "There are cards you can draw under certain conditions to indicate that an error, wild pitch, or pick-off has occurred. The pick-off is neat because if a batter draws it he can save it until later when he's pitching and use it when he sees fit. A batter can also choose to bunt, or to make a sacrifice fly. You can even have pinch hitters and relief pitchers."

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