Diamond Dreams Baseball is a unique game all the way around. Although old and totally retro, it certainly took a new idea and brought it the computer running the MS DOS operating system. Diamond Dreams Baseball is actually a computer conversion of an old table top baseball game called Pursue the Pennant, which was introduced in the 80s to compete with the two biggest guns in table top baseball plays: Stratomatic and APBA.
Diamond Dreams Baseball features a card system to help simulate the table top atmosphere.
Instead of getting ratings or original stats, players are given cards. Calculations are gruelingly realistic, making this game not a good choice for the fair weather baseball fan or the budding statistician. Many factors will influence how a player progresses, such as fatigue…which is one of the biggest considerations in the game.
The computer will help you, however, by determining odds based on statistics of various events. For example, after fielding a ball, the computer may tell you that—based on your player’s arm strength, he has a better chance of making a play at first than at home. There are no graphics beyond boxes that bear the results of each play.
While not filled with a lot of fan faire, Diamond Dreams Baseball certainly has realism and statistical accounting down to a science.