Cricket By The Book
How to Play Cricket By the Book - Instructions
First you need to choose yours and the opposing team by the country. After that, you pick the number of overs which is nice feature since that way you can control how long the game will last. If you win a toss you are allowed to choose between batting and bowling. Soon after that, the game starts and you will notice a book on the left with flipping pages. Once you click 'Play' button, flipping stops and you get the number of currently opened page where the last digit represents the number of points you just earned. A short field animation follows to describe actual cricket situation that ended up in you earn those points. For example, if the book stops at the page with a number which ends in zero, you get no points and the animation refers to situation where the bowler catches the ball.
I didn't like the screen where you choose sides and especially not the screen where you pick individual players, that I find completely unnecessary. I mean, you get to choose 11 out of 14 players, which doesn't make much sense, especially if we know that is completely irrelevant for the gameplay. I wish there was an option to simply skip that step.
There are three books: lucky one, unlucky book and the passive book, where you have only 50% chance of LBW on turning page 8. LBW stands for leg before wicket and if you get number 8, your batsman will be dismissed by the umpire with 50% chance in that case.
Having said all this, Cricket by the book is not a cricket game at all. It's more like a free slot machine game where you earn points only with luck and we know that cricket is much more than that, right?
Kolkota Knight Riders
The game developers or sponsors are obviously cheering for KKR, which stands for Kolkota Knight Riders team in IPL, as we can see their logo inside the game on several occassions. The game is probably dedicated to one of IPL seasons that KKR participated in, starting from 2008.