International Cricket

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a game by Mattel
Genre: Sports
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 6 votes
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See also: Sport Games, Cricket Games, International Games
International Cricket
International Cricket
International Cricket

Cricket's always a funny thing when it comes to video games. There's a massive market for the sport, yet it's condensed to specific regions of the world. How would you distribute and promote games like International Cricket on a global scale? Let alone get new players on board to align their sporting passions with the game's intricacies. The short answer is you don't.

The game was developed in Australia and only had limited target markets of their home country and other cricket-playing regions worldwide. That means North American, European, and Japanese markets would never know this game existed. They probably wouldn't even notice it on the shelves if it did. But are they missing a hidden sporting video game gem?

It's Cricket, Stupid!

We'll start paying to say we'll have to give International Cricket measures of respect for being one of the first games to bring cricket onto the home consoles. Every sport must have its groundbreaking moment, finally released in video game form among the masses. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it's good, and there are still plenty of questions about this pioneering title.

The gameplay in International Cricket is relatively simple and intuitive, making it easy for players to pick up and play. Players can choose to play a quick match or an entire series and select from various options, such as the length of the game and the pitch type. The controls are responsive, and the graphics, while not cutting-edge, are charming and help to bring the game to life.

One of the standout features of International Cricket is the variety of teams that are available to play. In addition to the powerful cricketing nations like England, Australia, and West Indies, there are also lesser-known teams like Zimbabwe and Canada. This adds replayability to the game, as players can try different groups and see how they fare against one another.

But the variety and immersion of gameplay are overshadowed by the simplistic control schematics. There's not much you can do besides button mashing, using two buttons to bowl and bat, and that's all. Players cannot strategize their approaches or create a game plan. Only button-mash and hope for the best; it is hardly intriguing for cricket fans who want to use skill to win rather than luck.

Bat for a Six

Let's consider why International Cricket is a respectable entry for the sport. It's easy to play, there's plenty of variety, and it's a cricket game that finally appeases fans of the sport. However, everything about the title is pretty elementary. Suppose you look at baseball titles such as Bad News Baseball. In that case, the gameplay is far more developed than this pioneering cricket title.


The sport has a long way to go regarding video game development. But everyone has to start somewhere, right? The thrills and spills of cricket will get redefined and improved, pending player feedback. We'll see an increase in the market, where cricket can break ground in atypical regions of the world!

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • A pioneering video game for cricket
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Variety of teams and settings for your matches


  • Mechanics boil down to luck more than skill
  • Gameplay is lackluster compared to other sports
  • Can't strategize a win

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

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