Who else wants a great cricket game?

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I’m a huge cricket fan; not the test match purist cricket mind you… that bores me to tears But the one-day matches between South Africa and England or Australia really get the blood going and some of the best Saturday afternoons spent with mates has been around the TV over a one-day cricket game.

Unfortunately most cricket games that have been made so far have fallen far short of the mark and we are still waiting for the FIFA of Cricket games to be revealed –  but I think we are still a long way from that. However, we may have a glimmer of hope that a real cricket title may in fact be coming as one is being created by a software team based right here in South Africa.

Now before you go further let me warn warn you..  the graphics have not yet been done so they are horrible.. trust me. Don’t judge this by how it looks but rather take a look at how the physics, reactions and base ideas work.

Hey I warned you.. it looks awful.

But the game is so much deeper than you can see from the near pornographic images above.

The game has been developed in conjunction with cricket fans from the PlanetCricket forums. Each player has 10 different abilities, each with a different ranking, allowing truly individual statistics and abilities. A full simulation mode that can be used to run your very own fantasy leagues, online leader boards and in-depth game modes.

The game’s not ready for the big time yet (obviously!) but if you think it, and our local developers, deserve a chance at making something special then why not go help them reach their goal of R60 000 to be used to add some better looking graphics to the title?

Personally I think they need at least 10 times that amount but if they can polish it just a little more they may be able to convince a publisher to lend their skills to this game and help release a game that us cricket fans have been waiting for. You can read more about their title on their official website here and I for one hope this game doesn’t end up in beta hell like other local titles. Get the thing out and then start your next project. Only Google is allowed to keep things in beta forever.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer

  • Alex Hicks

    I used to be a member of planet cricket. great bunch generally. And I am a cricket purist – bah to your pyjama variety! But yes, EA’s attempts at cricket have been underwhelming; and my only foray into what used to be called “Brian Lara cricket” was just as bad.

    • Craig Boonzaier

      I used to me a member of planet cricket, but then I took a cricket bat to the knee …
      Ok, I will let myself out now …

    • Scruff304

      Give me full days worth of test cricket, some beer, biltong, and chuck in a few wors roll and I will be a very happy man!
      Looks interesting. Best cricket game I have played would be International Cricket Captain. And Brian Lara on PS One :D

  • Trevor Davies

    I think the last time I touched a cricket game it was Alan Border Cricket.

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      Also known as Jonty Rhodes Cricket at one stage… :P

      Last cricket game I touched was some or other one I can’t remember the name of on the Xbox360…

  • Warren Lombard

    The Ashes 2013 cricket game with its Scooby doo graphics will be disappointment. I have been playing International Cricket 2010 since it was released. I think THIS has potential: http://www.planetcricket.net/forums/big-ant-cricket-14-forum/cricket-academy-file-breakdown-gameplay-details-added-84010.html

  • Mark Treloar

    Naked Cricket?

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    This game would be banned in Australia for nudity

    • Kurt Kruger

      C’mon guys, it’s “salmon” :)

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Hahaha :) Well played

  • Kurt Kruger

    Thanks for posting this, Gavin! Ideally, we’d have liked one hundred million dollars…but decided to settle for $6000 instead. That should be enough to at least polish the models & animations and create a little more variety. It would be awesome to actually find a publisher willing to fund us, but, alas, I have no idea where to start.

    If you have any tips or leads, I’d be eternally grateful. I would also potentially name my first born after you. Just saying.

    • Sageville

      As long as SA isn’t the choker side……

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    I love cricket games and might just be able to support these guys (after pay day)… the graphics could be worse, but an upgrade wouldn’t hurt… physics are pretty good, will see if I can play a little on the free beta when I get home and will see.

  • Draco Lusus

    Been waiting for a decent cricket game for ages. I love all formats. Test format might be a bit stiff for PC gaming though! Best of luck for the drive. When I get cash I’ll sponsor what I can.

  • loftie

    I STILL JAM Brian Lara 95 on SEGA GEN emulator :p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvzxMGChu9s

  • Lardus

    Me wants such a cricket game! Been waiting far too long now!

  • AdrianKuiper

    There is a game coming out. Check out planet cricket. Big ant studios are doing it. The name has not been released yet and is only known as Cricket 14 at the moment. looks REALLY cool.

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