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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Blaseball 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 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 granted 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 to 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."

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1 (100 online)

Genres: Narrative, Simulation and Sports

Developer: The Game Band (@TheGameBand)

 

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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 as they do actually playing.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 100-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

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

Blaseball

Web Free
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

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

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Blaseball Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@TheGameBand) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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