Pinch Hitter 2, the innovative, stylish sequel from Mousebreaker is straightforward and addictive. It puts the player in a batting cage hitting home runs and line drives to complete challenges. The controls are simple, with the mouse controlling when and where the player swings. The computer controlled pitcher does a good job of switching up the pitches, throwing curves, sinkers, and changeups to keep any player on their toes.
Where Pinch Hitter 2 really shines, though, is with the escalating challenges. The player advances through three ranks, starting in the sandlot and ending in the majors, and the game does a great job of stepping up to the plate with escalating difficulty. Pinch Hitter 2 moves fast even if you strike out, getting the player back into the action for another try quickly and seamlessly. Point multipliers scattered around the outfield give the game an added twist, rewarding control as well as timing and showcasing the tight, responsive gameplay.
From a technical standpoint, Pinch Hitter 2 is well done. The graphics are simple but sharp and the cel-shading highlights the cartoony style in a positive way. Backgrounds are interesting, clean, and varied and they make it clear at a glance where you stand as you move up the ranks. The menus are on-point and easy to navigate, and in general the visuals of Pinch Hitter 2 are slick and professional. The sound effects are clear and add to the experience without being overbearing or repetitive.
In an upgrade from the original, Pinch Hitter 2 provides a level of customization. The team name and avatar colors are set by the player and the game remembers your choices the next time you play. The challenge system is also new and is a huge improvement from the score-based play of Pinch Hitter 1.
Pinch Hitter 2 is a grand slam, with addictive gameplay and flawless technical implementation. It’s a great way to spend a few hours clicking around your browser.