International Cricket Captain 2011 by Childish Things review

Play your own England vs India in cricket's best management game
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£15.99

Independently published, ever since original publisher Empire Interactive went to the wall, International Cricket Captain remains the only cricket management simulation of note. And while it’s hardly got the depth of something like Football Manager, there’s nonetheless plenty to do here.

Can you manage?
The core game mechanic has remained intact for a long time now, albeit with slight evolutions. You can captain either county or country if you play the main game mode, and your job is to put your squad together, apply training, pick the team, and then (should you choose) play the games yourself.

If you play the matches – and you’re missing out on some of the best that International Cricket Captain 2011 has to offer if you don’t – then you basically oversee a full match in progress. You don’t control batting or bowling directly; rather, you choose who should be doing what, and how they should be doing it.

It works surprisingly well, and it’s married to a 3D highlights engine that’s settled down well now. You can scale just how much of a match you actually watch, and if you spend a little bit of time with the game, you can tailor it nicely to the way you want it.

Truthfully, there hasn’t been much of a jump between this version and the last. Work has been done on the statistical side of things, and there have been a few tweaks to the gameplay. Plus, the option to save games to online file storage service Dropbox is a nice one, meaning that in theory you can pick up your progress from any machine your Dropbox account is installed on. Furthermore, there’s the welcome addition of new online options, too.

But the solitary management game, in which most people will spend their time, we’d wager, is still a similar beast to the one it was. And while it’s great that the series continues without the backing of a big-name publisher, our enthusiasm is tempered by the desire to see a little bit more from an annual update.

Company: Childish Things

Website: http://www.childishthings.com/

Positives
  • A good, solid cricket management simulation, at a tidy price.
Negative
  • Not enough of a jump from last year.

Verdict

As good as cricket management gets right now.