Ashes Cricket 2009 – coming in August


Cricket games are never all that great, let’s be honest. Graham Gooch World Class Cricket on the Amiga was okay but the batsmen would run without prompting causing numerous, unnecessary, run-outs and many a smashed joystick.

But if there was ever a games console designed for a cricket simulator then surely it’s the Wii? Ashes Cricket 2009 by Codemasters will put that theory to the test when it is released next month.

The gameplay has the potential to be excellent. Codemasters is promising various shot types when batting including drives, cuts and slogs – hopefully you’ll also be able to reverse-sweep for six, KP stylee. When fielding, players will be able to polish the ball to affect its movement and bowlers will have to turn the remote during their action in order to swing the ball.

The features of the game sound pretty impressive too – the top eight test playing nations will be there along with real kits and real names. So no Harry Flentoff or Rocky Punting. All formats of the game will be present including tests and 20/20 and they’ll be played in 10 real stadiums with commentary by Jonathan Agnew, Shane Warne, Ian Botham, Ian Bishop and Tony Greig. No Bumble unfortunately.

Pre-order it from Game on the Wii for £29.99. It’s £37.99 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 and £24.99 on the PC – although they don’t sound as much fun as the Wii version.

Nokia planning insane cricket match on top of Everest


File this one under ‘WTF’. Finnish phone manufacturer is planning the world’s highest cricket match, on the slopes of Everest. Two teams will trek nine days up the slopes of the world’s highest mountain to play a game of Twenty20 cricket.

Team ‘Hillary’ and team ‘Tenzig’ will converge on Gorakshep, a frozen lakebed at an altitude of 17,000ft, on the Queen’s birthday – 21st April. They’ll all be carrying Nokia N85s and N79s, which will track their location, heart rate and let them blog.

The whole endeavor is in aid of charities The Himalayan Trust UK and The Lord’s Taverners, and the teams hope to raise more than £250,000. On their way down again, they’ll be teaching cricket to kids in a village called Khumjung, and donating their kit. It’s unclear if sweaty jockstraps will be included in that donation. If you’d like to find out more, donate, or follow the team’s progress, then hit up



Last week’s special New Year’s Day edition of Flash Game Challenge was won by a last-minute entry from Bobbo, who smashed my pitiful effort with a time of 273 seconds. Although it was technically submitted a little late, the madness of CES meant I forgot to post a new challenge, so I’m allowing it. This time.

This week, we’ve got a corker for you. It’s essentially ragdoll cricket. Just wave your mouse around, and your avatar will wave his bat around. You’ll get it. I scored 114. Can you beat that? I bet you can. Post your score in the comments below.

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