Howzat – Free Online & Massively Multiplayer Cricket Game

The gods have listened! Finally, we have a playable massively multilayer online cricket game! Howzat is a free online cricket league developed by the Singapore based Game Ventures. It’s not easy, to take a game as complicated as Cricke,t and make it simple enough for a browser based game, without losing all its charm. And that’s the task Game Ventures had at their hand. They needed the game to be simple, easy to learn and at the same time addictive. So how did they fare? Let us find out.

Creating a new account is quick and simple. Howzat integrates itself with Facebook and actively encourages you to challenge other friends or share match results. While signing-up, you will be asked to name your team and choose a country. Due to licensing issues real player names aren’t used. However, the names aren’t as ludicrous as in some of the other games. If you wish you can manually edit player names later on.

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Batting in Howzat is straightforward. One the opponent has picked a delivery, you will be provided time to adjust your batsman’s position in the crease (left or right). After this, you can play a stroke by simply selecting the area through which you wish to hit and pressing Z (normal shot) or X (lofted shot). Timing matters, but the game is a lot more forgiving than some of the other PC based games.

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Normally, bowling is the least interesting part of a cricket game. Thankfully, Howzat has succeeded in making bowling fun. The bowling mechanism is simple yet effective. Howzat’s bowling meter is a combination of the swing/spin gauge and speed gauge. It is divided into three zones – each of which indicates the direction of movement of the ball. Each individual zone is differentially coloured to indicate delivery speed. Select reddish region if you want to bowl a quickie. Use the yellow region for delivering slower balls. Fielding is completely automatic.

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The overall gameplay is quite good. Each match is of 5 overs. Shots are a bit limited and mostly go in the same direction. But, this handicap is compensated through the limited field settings available.

You win points for completing a game. The amount of points you win depends upon the rank of your opposition, result of the match as well as your performance. There are various achievements (such as getting a hattrick or scoring more than 50 runs in a match) and level ups to keep you going. You can use the points to improve the skills of individual players.

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The graphics are what you would expect from a Flash game. It isn’t great, but it doesn’t look silly. For a game that is a few MBs in size, Howzat offers a decent level of realism. Surprisingly enough, it is the multiplayer aspect which disappoints. There is no way to create your own tournaments or leagues. All you can do is participate in individual matches. If Howzat expects users to keep going this is something they must include in the future.

In the end Howzat is a fairly engaging game available at an unbeatable price. The gameplay as well as presentation is quite good. Kudos to Howzat, for at least trying. If you are a cricket fan, go ahead and give it a try. You may just get hooked.

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20 Responses to Howzat – Free Online & Massively Multiplayer Cricket Game

  1. antonio dutt January 4, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    i like to play this game i hope it1s fun.

  2. Nihar January 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Great news… Thanks for the info. Will check this game. I have tried before EA Sports Cricket Game.
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  3. Anns January 7, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    awesome game…. i love it….

  4. mini cricket gamer March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Hi…i like this game very muc.

    um addicted player of it…but the only drawback about this game is that it lags alot.

    hope the team will overcome this problem soon
    .-= mini cricket gamer´s last blog ..Howzat-Batting Tips, Tricks And Cheats =-.

  5. vaibhav March 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    this game fukkin lags a lot and have loas of glitches……

    i hope the team soon overcomes it and make it more user friendly.

  6. Howzat player May 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    hi…i love playing howzat.
    i have played this ga,e alot…Finally we have got the stable version of howzat.no more lagging….cheers..if you dnt believe me then click on the below blue text click this text to see the stable version of howzat
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  7. sony May 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    hi i like howzat cricket game alot but before, now change stytem in this game i no like that beacuse nobody understand that my all player half cencury removed am very upset please old ststem put in back Thanks.

  8. game June 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    nice game, it should show the tricky to play game enjoyable

  9. sania July 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    ITZ NICE GAME……..

  10. SHARANPREETSINGH July 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    PLEASE START GAME

  11. sony September 13, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    i cant play game i dont no whats wrong

  12. Konstantin September 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Free flash games at AGN . It’s a user friendly online games site.

  13. Pioneer34 September 30, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    ya man im playin this game for a yr and a half this game is so great but it lags a bit now the players leave catches thats another FLAW

  14. sony October 18, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    hi i like that game but some time times my batsman defence all fast balls i dont no whats wrong with this game some time i can score even 35, when my batsman defence all balls i hate this please solve that problem thanks.

  15. naeem November 28, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    best game

  16. mubeen November 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    hi

  17. Komodo Dragon February 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Reading this post makes me wish there was another good cricket game available. EA doesn’t seem to want to put the same attention to detail into cricket like they do in football games.

  18. adeel13 December 25, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    adeel13

  19. Ravindra March 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    how to play milti player with friends?

  20. Roger May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    WHERE IS WEBSITE FOR THIS GAME? IS THIS GAME REMOVED NOW? I CANT FIND IT. pls help!!

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