Flash Cricket 2 Game

Flash Cricket 2 - It's a batsman's world in this addictive batting-based cricket game

Summary

Is it the bowler or the batsman that does most of the hard work in the sport of cricket? Perhaps you're a reactions man and enjoy a bit of wicket-keeping? Well, Flash Cricket 2 puts the batsman first and puts you into his shoes as you embark on a goals-based mission to score points for your team by achieving the goals set for your by the game before each over. This is a third-person cricket game that plays a little like a first-person batter since you have a behind-wicket view. It's addictive, it's frustrating, but most of all, it shows that batsmen are the guitarists of the cricket world.

Batsman's Shoes

Have you got the courage to face a ball coming at you at 90mph or more? If you haven't, then you may be barking up the wrong sport, but thanks to Flash Cricket 2, you can now face the fast bowlers without fear of having your face smashed in or your crotch assaulted by a solid object travelling faster than many cars do on a motorway. Flash Cricket 2 is a follow-up title to the original and is a successor that promises some more of the same only in a manner that is a little more refined. It's an objective-based affair that relies on meeting increasingly difficult goals whilst sticking to a fairly rigid and simple interface, but one that seems to somehow be more addictive than games with a more complex batting system. So if you're ready to face the bowler and meet the ever-escalating demands of the game, you should pick up your bat (keyboard), walk up to the crease (your computer desk), and get ready to have the time of your life (an entertaining fifteen minutes).

Gentleman's Game

If you haven't played the original Flash Cricket, this sequel really isn't a departure from its predecessor (which is sadly no longer in service at this sad time) in that you get to take up the job of a batsman on the cricket pitch, just waiting for a bowler to deliver him an over. The difference between this game and other cricket games such as Online Cricket is that instead of  playing for the sake of playing, you're actually working towards small goals which are the objective of each of the individual "levels" that you progress through. Levels here doesn't mean that you work your way through different stadiums or anything of the sort, but rather the ladder of progress that you must try and climb as you become more adept at smashing the ball exactly where you want it.

Much like any Mousebreaker game you are likely to come across, Flash Cricket 2 has an interface that is simple, well-designed, and easy to pick up (which is probably what makes it so addictive in the long run). As the camera is situated behind the wicket, you are presented with your batsman (who is translucent for your convenience) standing at the wicket being bowled at an over at a time by the bowler. Only three keys need be used during the entire game: the Z, X, and the C key, which allow you to execute a pull, a straight drive, and a cut respectively; the movement of your player around the crease is allowed through the moving of your mouse. You simply have to try and time your shots and position your player so that you can connect with the ball as best you can. You can score single runs as well as two and three runs at a time, with the ultimate goal being to score as many fours and sixes as you can per over without being caught out.

Climb the Ladder

Though the interface in itself isn't exactly alien to the online gaming community, it is the progression through the increasingly difficult objectives that gives this game its addictive edge whilst also ensuring that it isn't simply a boring affair of smashing the ball and scoring points for the sake of it. We wouldn't quite say it's on the level of typical PC based cricket games such as Don Bradman Cricket 14 but for a browser game it holds it's own.

You begin with having to score a simple four, then a six, and then moving on to the more difficult task of scoring ten points or more until you eventually have scored all the points that you can for your team. As a nice little side note, you are able to choose the name of your player and your team, but this purely aesthetic and doesn't really add to the experience in any meaningful way.

More of a Four Than a Six

You won't find many more games that are as instantly enjoyable as Flash Cricket 2, and this is isn't surprising considering the short-and-sweet format that exemplifies the Mousebreaker way of gaming. Don't expect a hugely rich experience however, and you can forget getting to bowl, field, or be wicket keeper: this is a batting game only, but it never claimed to be anything else (aside from perhaps in the title which indicates you'll be playing "cricket" and all that it entails). The graphics are pretty smooth though not hugely impressive by any means, and the sounds are decent as well. And that's what this game is about really, which is being decent without really pushing any boundaries of gameplay or style (like Pixel Cricket does with its aesthetics, for example). It's good for a casual bat here and there, but it's not breaking records or pushing any boats out at all; it barely rocks the boat in terms of flash games, but it's still fun to play nonetheless.