I first played Stick Cricket through the Mousebreaker website, and whilst it was available to download on iPhone, it was not available on my Android phone....until now! The Basic version is free, but you can unlock extra modes and levels by purchasing the full version for £1.95 from the Android Market.
I will be reviewing the Android phone version of this game. It's very similar to the online version with subtle differences to game modes and simplified controls as I'll explain later.
Stick Cricket is a very simple game where you play as the batting team only with the sole aim of hitting lots of runs or chasing down a target to beat the bowling team. You are presented with a variety of game modes that ensure you keep coming back for more! You'll be aiming to beat your high score, beat that team that you've got so close to beating in the past or trying to gain some of the in-game achievement awards for weeks!
The mobile version of Stick Cricket allows you to pick from the following game modes:
Cricket Academy - You pick the style of bowler to face (Spin/Swing/Medium/Fast etc.) in a 5 over practice session.
All Star Slog - The free version only includes the '5 over slog' in which you select your country and try to score as many runs as possible in 5 overs. You will face a variety of bowling styles during this mode to test your ability. The game will automatically end if you lose all 10 wickets before 5 overs have been bowled. There are also '10 over slog' and '20 over slog' modes that can be unlocked by purchasing the full game. The game remembers your highest scores in each mode.
World Domination - In this mode, you play progressively harder opposition and have a 20 over target set for you, depending on the opposition's ability. Canada, Netherlands and Kenya are the only teams unlocked in the free game. Purchasing the full game gives you access to play Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, Australia, India and South Africa, in order of difficulty.
Stick Cricket World Cup Edition - This option is currently unavailable but it says it is coming soon... I believe this mode is on the website and is based on a 20/20 style World Cup in which you play 7 opposition countries in your group, in order to qualify for the latter stages.
Once in game, you will be faced with the incoming bowler as he steams in to deliver a variety of balls. You have the choice to press the left or right of your phones screen to direct your shot in the corresponding direction. In the online game, you also have the choice to play a defensive shot...no such messing about here though, it's all out attack!
You must also judge the timing of the shot, this is very important to building a big score. Press too late and you can edge the ball and be caught out behind, be bowled, LBW or be knocked backwards onto your own stumps with a bouncer. Press too early and you can gift an easy catch in the outfield, be bowled or LBW. The better you time your shots, the more chance of hitting big 4's and 6's.
The on-screen display gives you a variety of information. It informs you of your current runs total and number of players out, the required run rate you need to attain in order to chase down a target, your current run rate and information on the current bowler you are facing. At the end of every over you are presented with a scorecard that details all of your batsmen, their runs total and how they were dismissed if they are out.
The graphics in game are fairly basic, but having been taken from a flash game anyway, they're very true to the online version just smaller. The menus are also nice and clear to follow. I normally play with the sound down, but the usual crowd cheering and willow on leather noises are all there if you want them!
To add to the addictive action, there are also achievements available for good performances. So far I have scored 50 with one player, scored 100 with one player and a few of the basic ones like hitting your first 6.
This is a really simple but addictive game in which quick reactions, timing and decision making are all important in order to suceed, and probably more suited to cricket fans as it contains fairly up to date player names for each country. The £1.95 I paid to unlock the full functionality of the game is good value in my opinion as it adds so much more to the game. However, if you only want to play for free there is a good few days of addictive action available or you could play the slightly more advanced online game for free.
I will begin my review by saying that I am in no way a fan of the sport of cricket. I did like playing it at school, but I have no desire to watch it, and generally find the endless slog that is the Ashes incredibly boring. Stickcricket.com is a site I came across in my school days, and in our ICT classes we'd frequently use it when we were fed up with the work, much to the chargrin of our teacher!
Stick Cricket is an insanely addictive game, where you play a team of you choice and endeavour to beat the other bowling team. When a ball is thrown, you have four options, characterised by the up, down, left and right keys on your keyboard. The down button ducks and the others just perform different types of hit. The mode that most people seem to play is the straightforward "Slog" mode, where you can play between 5 and 50 Overs. It is very addictive, and I've spent hours on it before without even realising. Even when deciding to play it again for this review, half an hour had passed before I realised I had to go back to Dooyoo!
There is a World Domination mode, also, where you have to try and take down 15 of the world's toughest teams, getting a rather absurdly score. This is too difficult for me, though, so I'll leave that to the experts. I do recommend joining the site as a member, though, because you're then able to create your own star-studded team, and it's only in that mode that you're able to do a 50-run game.
If you need any more recommendation, I'm going to reload the site up and play another game now!
Hit out or get out!
What a great site stickcricket really is! I spend probably far too much time on this page, but the games are just so addictive, I can't tear myself away!
The main game, obviously, is stick cricket, where you basically take control of your team and attempt to score the amount of runs required to complete your objectives. You have a selection of four shots using the four arrow keys and you need to pick your shot based on the delivery that the bowler sends down!
There are various modes that you can get involved in. One mode is where you choose either 5, 10, 20 or 50 overs and see what the highest score you can achieve is. Anohter is a 'training mode' to hone and practice your skills, which is pretty good for players who are new to the game. But I think the star of the show is the 'world domination' mode. This is where you pick a team and you have to beat 15 of the worlds best international cricket sides. You start against Bermuda, and you require about 200 runs to win from your 20 overs. Which, if you havent played this game before may sound daunting, but boundaries are the order of the day in this game, and you will soon be up to averaging above 20 an over!
Another great aspect of the site is the ability, once you sign up, to create your own side. This adds an extra interactive aspect to the gameplay, as you pick your team of world allstars to play in the various modes. The site then keeps a log of all your stars' innings, so you can see who is hitting and who you might need to drop!
This game is so simple, but so brilliant. Quite simply, it's stick men, playing cricket. Yet this has to be one of the internet's most addictive games. It's ace! So what makes it so good? Well...
The basic concept of the game is you select a team e.g England, then you compete in different formats of the game against other teams. You are the side batting and you face bowlers from the opposition.
All the teams are realistic. As in the England team has England players, Strauss, Collingwood, Peterson etc.. It even takes into account which hand the players bat with, which is very clever but it does make the game more difficult.
The bowlers you face are the same, so when facing the West Indies you face the actual bowlers. Bravo, Edwards bowling there fast pace, and Gayle bowling his spin. You even have to deal with bowlers bowling in-swing and out-swing which can be very tricky.
You have the option of creating an account, I would suggest you do this as then the game saves your scores and progress. You can also compete with other members and see who is getting the best scores.
There are various forms of the game you can play. Practice to perfect your timing and technique, slog, where you can play 5,10,20 or 50 overs of slogging to see how high a score you can post. World Domination where you start off against the lower ranked teams, Scotland etc... and each game you win you progress up the rankings until you finally take on the Aussies. There is Head 2 Head where you actually play the team that England are facing at the time, so it's been the Windies recently. And there is also the Super 8, take on teams in a 5 over competition, very tricky! And then there is the Premier League where you try and get your team as high up the league as possible.
Some internet games you can play for a few hours and finish all the major challenges. This is not one of those games. I have been playing this game on and off for a few years. Have never completed the World Domination, have never won the super 8. It's just that hard!! It's a real challenging game that will keep you hooked for hours!
There are also a few other stick games, must admit I have not played them so can't tell you much about them. If you fancy though you can try, Stick Tennin, Baseball, Motorsport or Football. These are not as popular as the Cricket but maybe worth a try. Suppose should try them myself now have said that!
Overall would say if you got some spare time, give this game a try. It's great fun and will have you addicted in no time. Have fun!
I'm hooked on this game at present, TBH I was hooked last summer also when there was a lot of cricket on tv.
First and foremost its free to join up and there are no hidden costs anywhere the website seems to get there money from advertising but the pages aren't overloaded with links and pop-ups so you can get through to playing your games easily enough.
The Game; There are many different options for you to choose from, I would recommend having a go at the new training section first as you will be able to get used to timing and wont affect your stats.
Then we have the real games,
Word Domination; You take your own side and conquer the world of cricket from Bermuda to the Windies to the Indians you need to beat then all, you will get a code each time you win a game and you can work your way through the ranks, as you get better the teams get harder so its always a challenge!!!
Slog; A bit like training only your scores count, you just do exactly what it says on the tin and slog for hell or high water and try and beat your own best scores and aim for that elusive (well for me it is) perfect over...6 sixes!
Head to Head; You play as teams currently competing in tests and this runs for the duration of the actual test. Say 10000 people compete all the winners are counted per team and the eventual winner is decided.
Super 8; Pick your side and complete the Super8 stage of the world cup in the Caribbean!!!Try and win it for your country!!
Premier League; Its a game where you pick an IPL side (it used to be an English County side) and have 10 hits to get your highest score, a boundary gets you an extra shot, lose a wicket and you lose 5 points, it can be the most challenging of games on Stickcricket!
You can also enter leagues, public or private and compete against other game members usually over a 3-5 week period.
This game is a great game and can pass the time away, its quite difficult at first but as you play it more you improve.
Its miles better than any other cricket game out there at the minute and is fun and challenging and best of all FREE!!!
I honestly never thought that I would see the day when I would be writing about an online game of cricket, I do not even like the real sport but my boyfriend is seriuously addicted to this simple game and after a few plays I picked up the habit and find myself waisting time on it far too much.
The website is devoted to a fairly simple cricket game where you get to select the shots for the batsman by using the arrow buttons on your key board, there are a number of different game types to play however it is World Domination that I play which i a game where you have to meet a run target set by the other country in twenty overs. This means you face five different bowleers ech bowling four overs, it will vary from fast bowlers trying to knock your head off to spinners who can make the ball change direction and slower bowlers who can be surprisingly hard to hit.
The graphics are basic and you only have to worry about four fielders, the batsman will be either left or right handed and they are all thin stick characters, in W D as you beat a country you get a password so you can go back to the level again but it does get harder.
It is a simple game and there are lots of versions like head to head games and some online play if you register you team but I only play W D which so far I'm half way through and starting to struggle.
Great fun and free to play so check out the website and have a go.
Similar to miniclip.com that I reviewed earlier in the week stickcricket.com is a fantastic free gaming internet website. It's basically all about cricket and a very simple version of it too because you never bowl and just bat, trying to hit the ball out of the stadium in the process. When I first played stick-cricket whilst at university it was a very basic game, but it has been updated tremendously and for those of you who have or will visit the website you'll see what I mean.
You can choose from a variety of different scenarios featuring your team in a number of different positions in the game in terms of runs scored and the number of wickets remaining. There are also a number of different bowling styles that you'll face, fast, medium, slow and spin, all of which will require you to time the playing of your shot slightly differently in order to hit it with plenty of power. To play a shot you simply choose the arrow key which you think most suits the shot you want to play. A shot to the right plays through the covers or square of the wicket. A shot with the arrow facing forwards will play the ball straight past the bowler. A shot with the arrow facing backwards will be a defensive stroke and a shot with the arrow to the left is a hook or pull shot. To hit the ball well you need to time it appropriately. The faster the bowlers the harder it is to do this, the medium pacers will also be able to swing the ball in or out and the spin bowlers will be able to do as their name suggests. All of these various bowling types have their own challenging features, but I believe the spin bolwers are the hardest to play because you have to generate all of the pace whereas fast bowling has pace on the ball already.
The different options include:
SLOG - This is about getting your team as many runs on the scoreboard as possible. You can choose between 5, 10, 20 or even 50 overs, although this is likely to take ages!
WORLD DOMINATION - Here you try to make your side the best in the world by taking on the worlds best teams one at a time.
PREMIER LEAGUE - Help your team win the Indian premier league twenty twenty tournament.
HEAD TO HEAD - In this mode you basically decide what you want to do. You can choose either a one day international or test match and play any nation in the world. As well as this you can also customise your own team to include you and all of your mates if you so wish.
SUPER 8 - This is stick-crickets version of the world cup. You can choose any of the worlds top teams including, India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Scotland and the Netherlands.
CLUB CHALLENGE - Similar to the premier league format I already mentioned except this involves English domestic cricket teams.
In my opinion stick-cricket is a great game, especially for passing the time when you're bored. If you like this then 'stick' have launched a whole series of games which you probably enjoy, these include:
- stick football
- stick baseball
- stick speedway
- all of these can be found at sticksports.com
Thanks for reading, happy sticking.
Raise your hand if you use the Internet at work when you are bored. I know I certainly do, and they key is to find websites that can actually hold your attention for more than five minutes. My Internet providers recently blocked facebook and I have had to think a little bit more outside of the box. Enter Stickcricket.
I used to play on this years ago, and I thought I would give it a whirl and see if it was still up and running, I was delighted to see that it was, and it had received a little bit of a re-vamp. Let me first state, that if you don't like cricket, you won't like this, or I'd be very surprised if you did anyway.
The concept of the game is simple, play cricket, you control the batting team, and it is your objective in a range of scenarios to welly the ball out of the park and defeat the opposing team. As the title of the web site would suggest the graphics are basic to say the least, you effectively have a stick man in front of a set of wickets, at the opposite stumps you will see a bowler, he will not move but will consistently bowl overs of six balls until you either win or lose.
Alas, I cannot comment on the sound, for this I can only apologise, I don't have any ability to play sound in work, so I only get to sit here in silence and play.
The site is broken down into various games of stickcricket, each of which are worth a try, it is worth knowing that you can create your own team, with your own friends as players, I have been known to text friends of mine to give them abuse over their poor performance, not mine obviously, the man controlling them, but theirs for having such a rubbish stickcricket man.
The various games you can play are as follows:
This is the sort of beginner idea of stickcricket, you can choose how many over you want to play over whether that be 5,10,20 or 50, then simply use your team to try and get the highest score possible. Be warned, a fifty over game will take you quite a while, so it's probably best to start on a 10 over game, at least till you know if you like it or not.
You are second in to bat against the worlds leading 16 teams, your objective is over 20 over to defeat you opponents, the game will state what run rate you need to achieve, and then you simply have to try and beat it. I used to be brilliant at this, but now as I begin to face some of the better opponents I am struggling as obviously the run rate will become harder as you move up the ladder, to the point where you need practically a six every shit.
This has actually finished now, but is a chance for you to play as your favourite team and crush your opponents, you will then be in a league of all the stickcricket users, the obvious idea is to get as many wins as possible and roll on to the top of the league.
Head to Head
This is relevant to what is actually going on in world cricket at the time, for instance in 11 hours the second test between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be under way, when that time comes you can play as either team you want to and try and lead your nation to victory!
It is the super eight of the world cup, and you now have to choose your team and play to beat the others, the problem with this being is that it is incredibly hard, if you play as England you will be expected to have a run rate higher than 24, which means you need to hit more than a boundry every time you bat, Miss the ball and the will get to the stage where an over of six's won't even cut it. The benefit of this game is that the matches are only five overs long, so if your looking for a quick tournament to sink your teeth into, this is the one.
Think your a big hitter? This is the way to prove it, you have ten balls, the idea is you have to hit a 4 or a six on each ball, or your number of balls begin to decrease, for instance, if you hit your first three balls out for a six, giving you a score of 18, then you still have ten balls left, if you miss all three of them, then you will have a score of 0 and will have 7 balls left, if that makes sense? The top score at the moment is 2867, I'm not going to embarrass myself and say what mine is, but it's nowhere close I can assure you.
Anyway, I thought I would review this site, as it doesn't have many reviews, and it truly is a fun way of wasting some time, which you will notice by the name I am all about. If your a cricket fan you should check it out come what may, but if your just bored in work, then go have a look, you might like it anyway, the big problem is it's massively addictive!
This is a enjoyable little flash game on the web that I play, erm, every now and again at work. I thought I'd share it with you!
The basic premise of the game is to beat the total posted by the other team. You don't get the chance to bowl yourself, though.
You can pick which country you want to be from the countries that participated in the Cricket World Cup last year, i.e. Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Scotland, Canada, The Netherlands and Bermuda.
The batsmen used to be all right handed but now you have the variation of left and right. I do note though, that Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah are as white as the rest of the England team! You can change the order of the batting lineup, which is useful if you want to avoid left of right handed batsmen.
You use the 4 cursor keys to direct the strokes. If you time it well enough you will soon be hitting sixes into the stand. If I don't get at least 24 off an over these days, I'm gutted. A couple of tips here. For the fast bowlers, hit it nice and late. For slow and spin bowlers, you have to get to the ball early otherwise it just dinks off your bat. The spinners are a bit sneaky, so watch out for googlies, doosras and so on. And the inswinging bowlers are not averse to pitching it outside off stump. You can also get bounced and it it hits your noggin, you're out, hit wicket! You can also be bowled, LBW or caught by the 4 fielders seen or bowler. There are a few shots you can execute, my favourite being the reverse sweep (tricky one to master, that).
There are several modes of play:
Slog - where you just hit out against an All Star team of bowlers for 5, 10, 20 or 50 overs.
Super 8 - an approximation of the world cup knockout stages. Each game last 2 overs and you have to finish in the top 4 to qualify for the next stage. By the time you get to the final you are expected to get about 50 odd from the 2 overs! I have got to the final bit never won it. And sometimes a bug makes the team you play in the semis have no name and they usually have scored 56!!
Head2Head - a 15 over game where you can boost the stats of a given countries' "head to head record".
Challenge - pick your County and hit out or get out - you have 10 balls to slog and if you reach the boundary, you get another ball. Each ball is from a totally random bowler so you have no idea what kind of ball you will face.
I am totally addicted to the Super 8, as you might have guessed.
I just love this game! For such a simple concept with quite basic graphics, it's hugely addictive. Little touches such as a duck walking across the screen when you're out without scoring, a batman's wave to the crowd when he gets 50 and his smile to you when he gets 100 is disturbingly satisfying. As is watching a 6 disappear over the pavillion. Watching "Hat Trick" flash on the screen as the bowler leaps up and down is not so uplifting. If you register, you can also see the stats from the various games, so that 541 not out KP got for me wasn't done in vain.
Stick Cricket - Not just a load of balls...
Stick Cricket is an internet phenomenon; first thought up by Cann Creative - a company from Sydney, Australia, the game started as a very basic, fun, 'cricket-like' way in which to pass the time of a normal office day and how it has changed since those very early days.
THE SITE ITSELF
Stickcricket.com has many different features alongside the flash game that is well known for. A live commentary continually runs for people interested in the goings on in the cricket world, as well as a poll and other news articles.
The game is a simple flash game that is easy to play and is even easier to enjoy...
HISTORY/OVERVIEW OF THE GAME OF STICK CRICKET
The first time I saw Stick Cricket you had a batsman who was quite literally a stick. He stood in the middle of your screen and when you saw the ball heading in your direction you picked which shot to play (using the arrow keys) in order to hit the ball. This, like many of the other free games found on the internet was extremely mundane and boring - to me anyway.
Version 2 of Stick Cricket changed the game a lot. The game was now accessible on "Mousebreaker" and featured 7 levels of game play which you played through as the England team - this was the basics of how we know Stick Cricket now.
Version 3 moved Stick Cricket to where it can be found now at www.stickcricket.com, the ability to play as 12 different teams was added and updates allowed there to be 3 different modes; The Practice Mode(Does exactly what it says on the tin) The Knockout Tournament(Based on a real life cricket tournament named the ICC Champions Trophy) and the game that most people partook in "The All Star Slog".
Version 3.1 added the World Domination Mode where you take on the worlds best teams with a team of International Cricket Superstars from past and present, as well as this, the teams were updated and the rankings so they came inline with real life one day rankings.
Version 3.2 was added new graphics in the main, and a new Head2Head Ashes game for the duration of the Ashes, which features a different stadium - Lord's(possibly the most well known cricket ground in both England and the World), a different ball (red with seam) and different bowling actions to version 3.1.. It also added new features such as office leagues, where there are some general leagues, and the ability to set up your own league to compete with workmates whilst you were filling in that last...finance report?
Version 4 changed the game to come inline with the ICC Cricket World Cup, a points system was devised so that a player could help their team to win the tournament overall and see how well their team had done compared to other players across the world.
Version 4.1 added live text commentary for the games from the "Twelfth Man" who made comments throughout the game. It also added "Club Challenge" mode where players could take control of their favourite county teams and try and move them up through the Stick Cricket divisions.
Version 5 allows you to create your own Stick Cricket team, play in the World cup 2007 Super 8 Stage (final rounds of the Cricket World Cup) as well as being able to play as the following new teams:
Bermuda, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and your own created team. You can also play with left handers. Due to the death of Bob Woolmer the team representatives were all portrayed in a sombre mood with a black armband around their left arm until the 7th of April, 20 days after the death of Bob Woolmer.
Later the World Cup stage was replaced with the Twenty20 World Cup Mode which only featured 2 overs a side and was launched around the time of the Twenty20 World Cup.
The game also launched four new lengths of game, which are; 5 overs, 10 overs, 20 overs and 50 overs. Note: In a 50 overs slog match registered members can save progress at intervals of 10 overs.
Version 6 is a lot like version 5. The teams are the same. It brought back the Head2Head mode that the makers got rid of in version 5. The biggest part of the update was it added the long awaited Multiplayer.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME
Playing the game is ever so simple - you go to the website www.stickcricket.com click on the game mode you wish to play and away you go!
The controls are simple as well, the arrow keys act to choose the direction of the shot you wish to play and you have to time the ball in order to get the maximum runs for the delivery - a 6 if you can get good!
There are several game modes available the easiest and quickest to understand being a high star slog game, in which you simply score as many runs as you possibly can in the amount of overs you set yourself.(This is my personally favourite way to spend the time I'm bored at college!) Other modes include Super 8 Mode (As described in the History section), Head2Head where you can play a game like the current real life cricket matches taking place around the world and have a say in the outcome of the games on Stick Cricket and challenge Mode (Much like the club challenge.)
Registered members can also look at their own stats and view leagues that they may have set up between themselves and their friends.
WHY SO FUN?
I personally believe the main reason that the game is so fun is it can fill any length of spare time or "bored time". If you have 5 minutes and want a quick game then go for a quick game of All Star Slog, or if you have the whole day to pass why not play a tournament?
Stickcricket is a fun way to pass the time and can become very addictive if you're not careful when playing! Be sure to get some work done, because if you get the sack you won't be able to play the game at all! This is my favourite flash game on the internet and I have spent hours and hours of my valuable time playing this online epic!
Stick Cricket was developed by a talented Aussie (yes there are talented Aussies - they don't all work in bars in London!) and cricket fanatic as a way of learning flash programming. The game was an instant success, knocking spots off any other cricket game available online and spreading like wildfire amongst those in the know. After some time it was realised that a beast had been created that could not be controlled by just one man. A crack team of online specialists was brought together to harness the ethereal power that the game was developing and to turn its popularity into cold hard cash. Version 3.1 is the team's latest attempt to bring Stick Cricket to an even wider market and create more addicts than ever before. With new features and sections our aim is to create a superpower of online gaming sending office productivity levels to all time lows. With over 2½ million visits a month from nearly 1 million individuals Stick Cricket is on a par with porn for justifying the wages that the office nazi's who monitor internet usage demand.