BBC Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing Game Review
The game was released by the BBC Sport Online under 'games' category back in 2005, for a reason to give England Cricket Team a second chance to finally beat the Aussies in the Ashes. The Ashes is a test cricket series played onle between England and Australia. If you take a look at the Ashes Series table, you will notice that before 2005 Holder was Australia, 8 times in a row. It's funny, but once this game was released, England started to make wins in a row: 2005, 2009, 2011, thus bringing us to the conclusion that flash game restored the team's power and confidence. Now it's turn for Australia to come up with a new game.
How to play
First you need to choose one of the possible game scenarios. ALl come with a different story but the game play stays the same. Once you pick one, you become a batsman and your job is to score the runs that will win the Test for England. First hit the number lock key (you should look for 'Num Lock' key on your keyboard) as the game can be played only with the numeric keypad. When ready, press the space bar to get things going. Depending on the bowler's delivery type you hopefully pick the correct number which triggers the batsman strike. By default, the game suggest the next move, but you can easily turn that feature off.
Turn 'Num Lock' on in order to use numeric keys. Below we explain each strike in details.
- 1 - Evasive defensive - Quite opposite from forward strike strategy (see below)
- 2 - Forward defensive - This shot is mostly used against a well played ball. You first lean foward, than swing and angle the bat down. The bat needs to be slightly forward of the front leg (hence the name).
- 3 - Sweep - Cross-batted front foot shot which handles a low bouncing ball.
- 4 - Cover drive - Aggressive shot played to a pitched-up delivery
- 5 - Block - It's a front foot defencive shot.
- 6 - On drive - If you want to hit a length ball. It's a safe and effective shot.
- 7 - Back foot drive - It takes a good balance and fast feet movement. Excellent for scoring the runs between the mid-off and cover.
- 8 - Straight drive - For an over-pitched delivery. You need to get your front foot close to the pitch of the ball.
- 9 - Pull - Aggressive back footed shot shot played with a crossed bat.
You can pick one out of 4 possible game scenarios. Basically it won't affect the game rules or change the play screen. It rather affects the nummber of runs you need to score to win the Test.
- Scenario 1: Help England scores 4 runs which is exactly how much it takes for the victory.
- Scenario 2: There are 10 runs required to attain the 215 set for Test victory.
- Scenario 3: Hit 18 runs to win the Test at Old Trafford.
- Scenario 4: England is still 28 runs short. Try to secure the epic win of the final Test as the last batsman.