Nautilus Mobile is probably best known as the company behind the Real Cricket series of games, and their latest title for iOS and Android devices is, as you may be aware, Real Cricket 19, the “[most] complete cricket game in the world.” You can take part in single-player matches against a variety of real-life International, Masters, and Premier League cricket teams, or create your own team with your own jersey and logos and take on human-controlled teams in ranked multiplayer action. There’s a lot of in-game strategy involved in this title, what with the different types of batters, plethora of bowling maneuvers, and even the various controller modes that you can choose, depending on your preferred playstyle or level of expertise.
We’d say that few sports games are as detailed as the Real Cricket series, both in terms of graphics and game mechanics. That means we’ve got a whole lot of ground to cover if we’re going to look at the complete gaming experience, but we’re going to start at the very bottom with this Real Cricket 19 strategy guide for beginners.
If you’re new to this series, or if you aren’t that familiar with the rules of cricket, you’ll want to check this guide out, as we shall cover the basics of batting and bowling, help you earn some easy rewards early on, and mostly look at the first game mode you’ll likely be playing as a first-timer – the Quick Match feature, which is a PvE mode where you can fully experience the realism of the gameplay and check out all of the real-life teams we mentioned above. With that said, let’s get started with our Real Cricket 19 beginner’s guide as we are going to share with you a bunch of useful tips, cheats and strategies to succeed in the game!
1. The Basics Of Real Cricket 19
Compared to “major” sports such as football (both American and association), basketball, and baseball, cricket doesn’t quite have the worldwide popularity those sports do, but it certainly has a very strong following in some countries. With that in mind, we would perfectly understand it if you may find it hard to pick up the sport’s rules and regulations as a first-timer, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy Real Cricket 19. So let’s get started with this guide by briefly covering some of the most basic things you need to learn, at least as far as this game is concerned.
Explaining the basic rules of cricket may be a bit beyond our scope for a guide such like this, but for the benefit of those who may not be too familiar, we’ll be focusing on what you can expect in the Quick Match mode. You can select from 10, 20, or 50 Overs, with one over consisting of six balls – cricket’s equivalent of a baseball or softball pitch – you’ll want to start out with 10 Overs to get a good feel of the gameplay (and the sport’s fundamentals, if necessary), though the options for two or five Overs will be locked once you’re just starting out. Quick Matches consist of two innings instead of the usual four, which means each team will get a chance to bat and bowl, with the winner of the coin toss choosing whether to bat or bowl in the first innings.
When playing a Quick Match, your goal is basically to outscore the other team over a span of two innings, and the quickest way to do this is to score as many fours and sixes as possible – let’s just say that scoring four runs is pretty similar to an extra base hit (a double or a triple) in baseball, while scoring six runs is like a home run. You can also score one or two runs if you’re able to bat the ball successfully, and add another run to your team’s totals if you get a wicket (getting the opposing batsman out) or if, while bowling, the opponent throws a wide ball or no-ball, among other situations. For the latter, wide balls and no-balls do not count as one of the six balls per over, so it’s important to bowl smoothly and avoid such errors once it’s your turn to bowl – we shall be discussing this in depth, however, in the next tip!
Regarding the difficulty level in Quick Matches, Average is the default setting, though first-timers will be best advised to start off at Easy and make their way from strength to strength as they grow more comfortable, with Hardcore being the most difficult setting in the game.
For Quick Matches, you can also choose the type of pitch and the weather conditions, as well as the stadium to play in. For pitch type, Hard is considered the best, especially for beginners, as the game itself advises that a hard pitch ensures the best balance between batting and bowling. Morning or afternoon games in sunny weather are also favorable to newbies, though you’re always free to experiment with all types of pitches, weather conditions, and all available stadiums as you progress forward in the game and continue to hone your skills.
2. The Art Of Bowling – It’s All About Defense
Perhaps more so than most other sports games for mobile devices we’ve played, Real Cricket 19 is skewed toward defensive technique and strategy as opposed to anything you do on the offensive end. That means you’re going to have to learn the art of bowling – again, that’s the act of throwing the ball toward the batsman – and make sure you don’t just time your delivery perfectly (or as close to perfectly as possible), but choose the right bowler and the right type of delivery. Oftentimes, perfect timing won’t be enough – if you aren’t using the right bowler and/or delivery, your opponent could easily rack up those runs and leave you with a lot of catching up to do if you’re bowling first. (Conversely, the pressure will be on you to score as many sixes and fours as possible when you’re batting in the second inning of a Quick Match.)
Timing your throws is the easy part of this facet of the game. Yes, that may sound strange for those who are just starting out and having some trouble with the bowling aspect, but once you’ve played enough quick matches or test matches, this will soon be second nature, especially if you’ve played a few overs in a row without pausing or quitting the match and gotten into a rhythm. The key is to tap on the “OK” button at just the right time, so that the moving line stops right at the green strip for optimum speed for your chosen delivery. You would, for instance, want to hit on “OK” once the line is near the bottom of the bar, in the event the green strip is closer to the top, and vice versa. The game won’t exactly force you to rush it, as the line will keep moving up and down a few times, but wait too long and the green area will completely disappear, leaving you to rely on your memory of where that strip was when trying to time the moment you hit on “OK.”
However, as we mentioned above, that might not matter in the end if you just chose any random bowler just because their basic stats are good. Sure, those stats will be relevant, as a bowler’s Accuracy and Movement are supposed to play a key role in determining how well they can throw off the batsman. But at the end of the day, bowling is mostly on you in Real Cricket 19, and it all starts with your choice of bowler. Traditionally, mixing up the types of bowlers is a good way to confuse the opposing team – you can start out with a strong-armed, fast bowler, follow up with a slower one who specializes in off-speed deliveries, then either go with another fast bowler or make it two spin bowlers in a row. The choice is yours, just as long as you mix things up and don’t make it predictable. Also, the type of delivery matters – you never want to be using the same delivery two balls in a row on a regular basis.
In addition, you need to take note of whether the batsman is left- or right-handed – a southpaw bowler would usually be a good match against a right-handed batsman, and vice versa – as well as the position the batsman is on. (Batsmen can change sides from left to right or right to left within the same over!) But above all, the most basic, yet arguably most important thing you need to remember when bowling to make sure you’re using the left-side joystick to position the ball’s trajectory properly.
Leaving it as is, as many newbies tend to do, would invariably result in a wide ball, and that’s essentially one free point for your opponent with the same number of balls remaining in the over. Try to align the locator as closely to the wicketkeeper as possible, though you may also move it slightly left or right of the wicketkeeper in order to subtly alter the trajectory between balls. The controls may seem a bit unwieldy, as the locator could float around arbitrarily even if you point the controller to a specific direction, but the game will give you ample time to choose the ball’s path before hitting on the OK button and proceeding to choose your delivery.
We may cover the different types of deliveries in another Real Cricket 19 guide, but for the meantime, we hope the above information would be of great help as far as beginners’ tips are concerned.
3. Batting Options Depend On Your Chosen Control Settings
While a lot of your success in Real Cricket 19 will be predicated on your bowling skill, you can’t expect to win a lot of matches if your offensive technique is not up to snuff and you aren’t putting enough runs up on the board. This will especially prove to be true if you’re either facing a good team or somehow got blasted by your opponent while bowling in the first innings. All told, the onus will be on you to make up for your poor defense with some great offense in those second-innings situations.
Now when it comes to batting, Real Cricket 19 has various differences in mechanics regardless of which controller setup you choose in Settings, either before the match or via the in-match pause menu. Pro Joystick gives you full control over your footwork and shot selection, with “pro” controls that allow for a wide choice of shots based on the joystick’s direction, type of footwork, and whether you’re choosing a Push, Stroke, or Loft shot – simply access the Help option under Settings, go to Control, then swipe to the fourth frame to view a full list of shot types. But since that could be a bit overwhelming for newcomers, you may want to try Joystick mode instead, which includes “classic” in-game controls, automatic footwork, and full shot control, which means you can still choose the direction with the joystick on the left side and the type of shot on the right side.
Legacy Swipe replaces the joystick with swiping motions to direct your shot, while Classic Swipe further offers shot selection assist by reducing you to one type of shot, usually the Loft. As the game describes it, this is the most “beginner friendly” mode available in the game.
4. What To Remember When You’re Actually At-Bat
Again, we won’t get into the intricate details and nuances of batting, but when playing Real Cricket 19 for the first time, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First of all, you’ll need to remember the four types of batsmen and take note of what they’re good at – and not-so-good at. Defensive batsmen, as you can see in their poor Technique and Timing ratings, are good fielders but typically awful on offense and would be the last players you want taking high-powered, lofted shots. Brutes pack a lot of physical strength and can score a ton of sixes through their lofted shots, but their Technique and Timing stats are typically less impressive than those of the other two types we’ll be discussing. Radical batsmen are usually the best overall batsmen due to their combination of superb Technique and Timing and are most reliable when it comes to making big plays on offense. Finally, Balanced batsmen are usually your jacks of all trades with no glaring weaknesses or especially obvious strengths to speak of.
Typically, choosing the Loft option while batting gives you the best chance of thrilling the crowd – and helping your offensive cause, more importantly – by scoring a six. Lofts are powerful, high-trajectory shots that could travel great distances, but you should also bear in mind that Loft is not always the best option! If your opponent is bowling some fast-paced balls, then by all means, use Loft and make sure your timing is up to speed in order to ensure the best chances of scoring a six, or even a four if worse comes to worst. But if the opposing bowler is throwing slower, off-speed stuff your way, a Stroke would be more advisable.
When all’s said and done, however, batting is mostly a matter of good timing. Take that shot too early or too late and you’re either sending the ball right back to the bowler or getting dismissed with a heartbreaking wicket. Even if you’re at the bottom of your order and have no choice but to send your Defenders on to the pitch after all your top batsmen got dismissed, it’s still possible to score some runs with a well-timed shot. It will definitely take some practice, but once you find the right rhythm, you’ll be racking up those runs and winning more matches in no time.
5. The Confidence Meter – Momentum Has The Potential To Make Or Break A Game
In basketball, it could be someone stealing the ball for a breakaway dunk or hitting a three-point shot just as the 24-second shot clock expires. In American football, it could be an impressive run or catch that turns a third-and-long situation into a first down. Soccer could have those 80th-minute equalizers, and baseball fans could witness an unheralded slugger driving in some much-needed runs with a full count AND two outs. Cricket’s equivalent would be scoring six runs on the sixth ball, especially if it comes particularly late in the match.
You get what we’re referring to here – big plays in clutch situations could stack the momentum in your favor or, if you’re not careful, in the opponent’s favor. And just like several missed shots in basketball or walking consecutive batters in baseball, a series of wide balls and missed opportunities to score runs while batting could kill a team’s momentum when it comes to Real Cricket 19. This will manifest through the Confidence Bar, which fills up for a batsman whenever he scores some runs and goes down whenever he makes bad, or unproductive plays. (Bowlers don’t seem to have Confidence Meters, but we have nonetheless played quite a few matches where they seem to bowl better after several good plays and appear thrown off after allowing crucial runs against the opposing batsmen.)
It’s imperative that you maintain more focus than usual once the over is, well, nearly over – it doesn’t matter if your opponent hasn’t converted on the first five balls, because they can swing the momentum over to their favor if they score a six on the final ball. And if you’ve hit a rough patch on your end – you may either be having trouble scoring runs or trouble preventing them, depending on whether you’re playing a batting or bowling innings – you may want to exit the game to regroup, then restart the app about 15 to 30 minutes later, choose the mode you were last playing, and select the option to resume the current match. The only exception here would be in PvP matches, because we would never recommend rage-quitting when you’re up against a human-controlled opponent for obvious reasons.
6. Log In At Least Once A Day For Rewards
We won’t be delving into the items you can purchase, including, but not limited to player cards and equipment types, just yet. But if you’re looking to stock up on your in-game currency, may it be the common currency (coins) or the premium stuff (tickets), the best thing to do is to log in at least once a day, even if you don’t have time to play an actual match. Daily login rewards reset on a weekly basis, which means your goal here is to rack up seven consecutive logins in order to get the best possible prize for being a dedicated player. We should caution you, however, that the game is quite strict when counting daily logins – missing one day will send you back to square one, as your logins will need to be done consecutively!
7. Watching Ad Videos And Other Ways To Get More Freebies
Completing more matches – and especially winning them – will bring you closer to leveling up and unlocking new features, but will also allow you to earn more in-game goodies, including the aforementioned forms of currency. But you can truly make the most out of these freebies by watching an advertisement video at the end of each match once prompted. This will allow you to double your rewards with as little effort as possible, though we should also note that Real Cricket 19 will also remind you of certain goals in the postgame screen – for example, you may be asked to score a century (i.e. 100 runs) in a single innings, have a match include a certain number of wickets, win a certain number of matches in a given championship, etc. Keep these Match, Milestone, and Championship goals in mind, because completing them will also allow you to earn more rewards if you complete them within the 24-hour timeframe!
And that’s all you need to know to succeed in Real Cricket 19! We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of tips, cheats and strategies. Stay tuned, as we may come back with another guide for the game in the near future! Meanwhile, if you have additional tips or tricks, don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comment area!