Bottom of the Ninth
As you can tell by the title, this is a baseball game. I remember sinking way too many quarters into this bandit. This is one of those games that was made to suck every single quarter out of you and have you running to get change, so you can finish the game.

Like many sports games, this one is pretty straight forward. You are the batter or you are the pitcher.  You have to score more runs to win. But where this game was evil is that it would give you a set amount of time for each quarter you put in, when the time ran out, so did the game. So I never played a full game at the arcade as I didn't feel like pouring a few bucks into the game. But I would usually play a few innings and see how I would do. Now with MAME, I can not only play a full game, but I can also take my time. No more swinging at the first pitch to speed the game up, I can sit back and wait for the right one! This really makes the game better!

The game plays as a typical baseball game of the era, you have four pitches to choose from and select them by pushing the joystick either up, down, right or left.  They are the typical pitches, fast ball, curveball, changeup and slow ball.  The pitcher and hitter are both very large and well drawn.  The hitter can move back and forth around the box, but that is about it.  Just time it right and swing!

The defense is the usual fare, get under the ball to catch it.  You use the joystick to aim at the base you wish to throw the ball.  Right for first, up for second, left for third and down for home.  

One humorous thing is when you hit a homerun, it sounds like you are hitting it with an aluminum bat, as opposed to the wood bats used in the majors.  Maybe this is really a college baseball simulator?  

As you can guess, the teams and players are all fictious.  But this doesn't stop it from being a good game.  So if you are looking for some fun baseball, then download Bottom of the Ninth and play a game!  It won't cost you a fortune anymore!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.



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