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Blaseball (2020) is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win, but to predict the outcome so they can then have more voting power to change the course of the game.

To start you choose a team and are given some coins. You bet these coins on the outcome of a simulated series of matches for each season that lasts one week. You also get coins when your team wins. You get coins if the player you idolise in the game gets home runs or strikes out other players.

Matches are played every day on the hour. You can watch these games unfold live as the game stats are updated by the simulation. Then, at the end of the season, there are wild card, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals culminating on Saturday.

Image 267 Between seasons, on Sunday, players can use any coins they have won through betting correctly on matches, to improve the stats of their team with Blessings (or steal other team's players) and vote for special events or even Decrees that change next season's rules.

This evolving, crowd-controlled, aspect of the game has attracted a large online community of players. As the game has evolved through its first 11 seasons all manner of fan-fiction, lore, art and team Twitter accounts have been created by players. This is then incorporated into the team pages of the game.

It's a game designed to bring people together. And it does this by granting a degree of control to players while retaining an overarching plot and mystery. What started as a small indie game for a few friends is fast developing the kind of attention and fans usually associated with big franchises like Star Wars.

Currently, Blaseball is on a break so you can't play as there are no active seasons. The developer states that "Blaseball will be back. We plan to bring you more exciting action every week. But to do that, we need some time to fix bugs, add some features, make the machines bigger, and breathe. Our team is exhausted and overworked. We need a little time to recoup so Blaseball can come back stronger than ever."

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Blaseball 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Sports game with Narrative elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. A single game can be watched in under an hour. A season of Blaseball takes one week, although of course, you can't really stop after a week. You can put as little or as much time into playing each day as you want. Many players spend longer talking about the game on Discord than they do actually playing.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Not yet rated, although we expect this to be PEGI 7 and ESRB EVERYONE 10+. It has some absurd happenings like players being incinerated but this isn’t depicted graphically. It has some light horror, but this is more humorous than scary. More gallows humour than Call of Duty.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Blaseball

Web Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Players: 1 (100 online)

Genres: Simulation, Sports and Narrative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Developer: The Game Band (@TheGameBand)


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